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Yash finds his Zaara

Hollywood has long been inspired by real life tales of grit and courage, of ordinary men and women overcoming tremendous odds to emerge as heroes.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 03:24 IST

Hollywood has long been inspired by real life tales of grit and courage, of ordinary men and women overcoming tremendous odds to emerge as heroes. Think Erin Brockovich or Life is Beautiful or Beautiful Mind. Now it's aamchi Bollywood that has been smitten by real life.

Impressed by the heart-warming tale of Mumtaz and Gora, a Pakistani woman and an Indian man, no less than Yash Chopra, perhaps the most successful filmmaker in the history of Hindi films, has evinced an interest in capturing their tale on celluloid.

On Friday, Gurinder Makna, one of the representatives from Yash Chopra's unit called on Mumtaz's lawyer Sweet Kumar Gupta, who had helped her to get bail and also assisted in the release of her three children, and conveyed Chopra's interest in her story.

Mumtaz, who had been ditched by her Bangladeshi husband four years ago, had crossed over into India on her way back to her parents in Pakistan. But while attempting to cross the Wagah border she was stopped by the BSF. Ever since she was forced to stay on in Amritsar. It was here that she met Gora and the two fell in love.

However, her travails were far from over. In January, she was arrested and charged with staying illegally in the country. Mumtaz and her three children were put behind bars.

Later, when the police failed to produce a challan against Mumtaz, she was released on parole. However, her children continued to languish in jail till the high court ordered their release. Gora stood by her through all of this. "Mumtaz and Gora overcame all barriers and set a great example of inter-religion cross-border love. Mumtaz's real life story has great dramatic element, perfect for a traditional Yash Chopra romantic film," added Gupta.

Incidentally, Chopra, the king of romances, returned to making movies after a long gap in 2004 with the super-hit Veer-Zaara.

Talking to HT, Gupta said Chopra would arrive in Jallanadhar next week and he had asked him to meet there. "Yash Chopra has also asked me to prepare a rough draft of Mumtaz's story. I'll hand it over to him when we meet next week. The relations between the two nations have improved in the past few years and a film based on an Indo-Pak love story can help cement the relations further," he said.

He had another happy news: The legal process enabling Mumtaz and Gora to marry had been initiated and they would marry her lover.