Azerbaijani MP Elmira Akhundova, who wrote two books – “Heydar Aliyev” and “Personality & Epoch” said the film’s script is based on those books.
The title of the film is “The simplest surname”, which makes sense – the “Aliyev” surname is one of the most popular ones in Azerbaijan.
Akhundova noted that the film is being shot at the “Azerbaijanfilm” film studio in Azerbaijan, adding that Ramiz Fataliyev is the director of the film.
Fataliyev said that the film covers Heydar Aliyev’s life period from 1923 and up to 1969, when he was chose as the first deputy chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers.
Russian actor Alexander Nikitin was chosen to portray a younger Heydar Aliyev in the picture.
Nikitin himself noted that he did his homework, prior to beginning the shoot, getting a detailed inside look at the various materials regarding Heydar Aliyev.
“It is an honor to portray such a legendary figure, which is known all over the world,” Nikitin said. “When I was first contacted regarding the film, I was happy, yet I did not realize they wanted me for the main part. In the end they told me I do have similarities with younger Heydar Aliyev.”
Aside from Nikitin, there are other Russian actors participating in the film, which is being shot in Nakhchivan (Azerbaijan), Moscow, St. Petersburg and Riga (Latvia).
The crew working on the film consists of Azerbaijanis, Russians, Ukrainians and Georgians.
The film is scheduled to be wrapped up in May of 2013, close to marking the 90th birthday of Heydar Aliyev.
In 2009, a documentary film about Heydar Aliyev was shot in Ukraine.
The film was dedicated to Heydar Aliyev’s assistance to the Ukrainian people during the period when he worked as the first deputy chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers and was a member of the Political Bureau.
Heydar Aliyev was the third President of Azerbaijan for the New Azerbaijan Party from October 1993 to October 2003, when his son Ilham Aliyev succeeded him.
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