Mahesh Bhatt to bring Bob Woolmer's death to screen
Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt has decided to make a film based on the mystery surrounding the death of cricket coach Bob Woolmer at this year's World Cup, a newspaper reported on Monday.
Mahesh Bhatt, known for his sensitive human dramas, plans to explore the death of the coach that shook the cricket world though a love story set against the backdrop of the game. The film is to be titled Jannat (Paradise).
"I'm definitely making the film on the entire Woolmer episode though we will not name him anywhere in the story," Bhatt was quoted by a daily as saying.
"We are using a fictional situation, but the people will see the obvious connection."
"The film is not just about the coach's death," he said. "It is a love story against the backdrop of cricket. There is betting, there is match fixing. And because it is a love story there have to be songs too."
Bhatt expects to start filming in August.
Woolmer, 58, was found dead on March 18, a day after Pakistan was eliminated from the World Cup in Jamaica following a shock defeat by debutants Ireland.
India's glitzy Bollywood film industry reels out a large number of mushy love stories filled with song-and-dance routines, but is increasingly turning to true stories for inspiration.