Steven Spielberg offers to helm film on Ali Haider Gillani’s ordeal
Who would have thought the director of Hollywood classics such as Jaws, Jurassic World and Real Steel, Steven Spielberg himself offered to make a film on Ali Haider Gillani’s captivity. This was conveyed by Hollywood director himself to Ali Haider Gillani when he telephoned him to congratulate him on his release.
“I would like to make a film on the three years you spent in captivity and all that you experienced during that time,” is what Spielberg has been quoted as saying to Gillani on the phone.
So far, sources reported that Ali Haider Gillani has not given a direct reply to Steven Spielberg. His father and former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani said while talking to media personnel that it was up to his son whether or not he wanted a movie to be made out of his ordeal or whether he wanted to pen a book about his years of captivity.
Ali Haider Gillani had thanked his supporters and well-wishers for praying for his safe return from captivity. The son of the Prime Minister of Pakistan at the time Yousuf Raza Gillani, Ali Haider had been kidnapped by militants during an election rally on May 9, 2013. The election rally was held in Multan and it was just two days before the General Elections of 2013.
News of his rescue was broken by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on May 10, exactly three years after his kidnapping. Jubilant supporters gathered outside his house and celebrated his release.
A couple of months earlier, son of slain Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, Shahbaz Taseer was also recovered from Balochistan. Shahbaz had also spent five years in captivity before he was released.