Bachchan is likely to play the role of Mac Maharaj, in a film on Nelson Mandela.india Updated: May 19, 2003 19:21 IST
Indian film icon Amitabh Bachchan, currently in Johannesburg for the Indian International Film Awards ceremony, is to star in a film about the life of Nobel Prize winner Nelson Mandela.
This was disclosed by his South African friend and film producer Anant Singh, who is to direct a film on Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
Bachchan may play the role of Mac Maharaj, who was Transport Minister under Mandela's first democratic government and who spent 12 years on Robben Island prison with Mandela and other ANC leaders, Singh told the Sunday Times here.
"The movie will have a large component of Indians in it and Amitabh is one of the most talented performers in the world. We are possibly looking at him playing Mac Maharaj," Singh was quoted as saying.
He said Bachchan would be doing a screen test sometime soon.
"India was a strong supporter in the liberation struggle, so it's a matter of strengthening relations with South Africa and India. It may not be a big role but I will have to work it out with the director", said Singh.
Bachchan, who has been in Johannesburg for nearly a week for the just-ended IIFA awards ceremony, said he would love to play any part in the film on Mandela.
He's quoted in the same newspaper as saying he would love to be involved even if "it's a small, little role, just walking by the sidelines or something".