Will Osama bin Laden see the humor in this one? Tere Bin Laden, produced by Pooja Shetty Deora’s Walkwater Media and directed by debutant Abhishek Sharma, is scheduled to release on July 16, 2010.Starring Ali Zafar, Pakistan’s Prince of Pop, Tere Bin Laden is a tongue-in-cheek comedy centered on a young and ambitious Pakistani news reporter who wants to move to the United States.
Set in Pakistan, Tere Bin Laden is the story of a reporter (Zafar) whose attempts to immigrate are thwarted as his visa is always rejected.
When he chances upon an Osama lookalike, he decides to create and plant fake videos of Osama bin Laden threatening to take over the world. His aim? To score airspace at Danka TV, the news channel he works at. That apparently will help him realize his American dream. However, things don’t go according to plan and the White House gets involved, putting a secret agent on the reporter’s trail.
Tere Bin Laden also stars a largely fresh cast – Chinmay Mandlekar, Chirag Vohra, Nikhil Ratnaparkhi, Pradhuman Singh, Rahul Singh, Sugandha Garg, along with Piyush Mishra, Seema Bhargava and Barry John.
Pooja Shetty, who is producing Tere Bin Laden with her sister Aarti Shetty, said the film will be liked for its humor.
Director Abhishek Sharma said he got the concept for the film from something his wife said. He said one day, when he hadn’t shaved for months and his beard had gotten very long, his wife told him he looked like Osama.
That set Abhishek Sharma thinking about how to do a film with someone who mimics Osama on screen, he said, adding that the hunt for an Osama lookalike was tough. He finally chose Pradhuman Singh, a friend from Delhi, with whom he’d done theatre some few ago.
Tere Bin Laden is set in Pakistan. The director said the film could not have been shot in India as it is set in a Pakistani mileau. Pakistani writer Sayed Mohammed Ahmed was roped in to tutor the cast on diction and co-write the dialogues. Barry John worked as an acting coach.
Ali Zafar, a very popular figure in Pakistan, made his debut as a musician with Huqa Pani. His debut film is being eagerly awaited by fans in Pakistan. In Tere Bin Laden, Ali Zafar has also sung two songs – a solo song titled I Love Amreeka and a duet with Shankar Mahadevan titled Ullu Da Patha. His third album Jhoom is also awaiting release.