Osama Buzz Heats Up for 'Bin Laden' Comedy

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Byline: Sam Bovard, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Coming soon to a theater near you! The wildest, wackiest comedy ever. You'll be sheiking with laughter as a jihad-loving Saudi billionaire and his American hunters get involved in a hilarious immigration scam - green cards meet the Green Berets.

Maybe.

The director of the new Indian film that satirizes Osama bin Laden said he definitely hopes to show it in America, but added that the comedy will first have its success tested in European markets.

According to director Abhishek Sharma, the controversial Tere bin Laden Without You, bin Laden ) - slated to debut in Europe on July 16 - will first start running in smaller theaters in Britain, where its box-office progress will be closely monitored.

But when asked by The Washington Times whether he believes his comedy film about the man who planned the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will ever run in America, Mr. Sharma said, Yes, definitely.

America will be useful if we can tap the market correctly, the director added. We would just like to see how the film holds up at the European market under a limited release before we show it in America.

Tere bin Laden is Mr. Sharma's debut film. It satirizes the head of al Qaeda in a tongue-in-cheek comedy starring Pakistani singer-actor, Ali Zafar.

Mr. Zafar plays an ambitious young news reporter from Pakistan who is desperate to immigrate to the U.S. and pursue the American dream, but his visa applications are always rejected. When things look bleak, he meets a bin Laden look-alike and hatches a scheme to produce a fake

video and sell it to news channels as a breakthrough scoop. The White House then becomes involved and sends an overzealous secret agent to track down the hero.

Although based on a controversial topic, Mr. Zafar does not believe Tere bin Laden will be taken as offensive.

When I received the offer I was apprehensive, as the title of the film goes 'Tere Bin Laden. …