Press Trust of India
January 23, 2011 14:31 IST
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt will
produce and present a play loosely based on the book The Last
Salute to President Bush, written by Iraqi journalist
Muntadhar Al Zaidi, who shot to fame after throwing a shoe at
the then US President George W Bush in Baghdad in 2008.
The Last Salute will be directed by Arvind Gaur and
will premiere in Delhi in March and then travel to Mumbai and
Dubai, a Gulf News report has said.
According to the report, Bhatt has chosen his new find
Imran Zahid to play the role of Al Zaidi, who, organisers say,
has already agreed to be a special guest in Delhi.
"He holds Mahatma Gandhi in high respect and follows
his ideologies. So he wanted to also come to Rajghat (Gandhis
memorial) and pay his tributes," a spokesperson of Zaidi told
Al Zaidi's book, released in December last year, is a
journal chronicling the moments leading up to the infamous
press conference at which he hurled his shoe at Bush, calling
him a dog.
He was arrested and convicted of assault, spent nine
months in prison during which, he alleges, he was beaten and
electrocuted for three days.
Actor Zahid will make his debut in Bhatt's next
production, Chandu, a film about the student leader
Chandrashekar Prasad who was shot dead in 2007.