Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:53:36 GMT

Naseeruddin Shah arrives in Lahore on seven-day visit

From M Zulqernain
Lahore, Nov 29 (PTI) Bollywood legend Naseeruddin Shah and his family were accorded a warm welcome when they arrived in Lahore to participate in a special event organised to pay tribute to poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

Fans of the actor showered him with rose petals as he reached the capital of Punjab province last night for a seven-day visit that will see him and his wife Ratna Pathak Shah and daughter Hiba Shah performing a set of plays based on the short stories of Ismat Chughtai.

Shah said he had no words to describe the love he gets in Pakistan.

"I don''t feel scared at all here. It feels like I have come back home," he said.

He said he and his family would do two shows of the drama "Ismat Apa Ke Naam", based on Ismat Chughtai''s stories, for Faiz Foundation on December 1 and 2.

Shah has a huge fan following in Pakistan, where many remember him for playing the poet Mirza Ghalib in an acclaimed television serial.

He has appeared in two Pakistani films in the recent past
the hit ''Khuda Ke Liye'' and ''Zinda Bhag'', which was filmed in Lahore earlier this year and is yet to be released.

Shah also trained several newcomers who acted in ''Zinda Bhag'', which focuses on the problem of illegal immigration.

He said ''Zinda Bhag'' was in its final stages and that he intended to return to Pakistan for the film''s premiere.

"Ismat Apa Ke Naam" consists of three plays based on Ismat Chughtais short stories. The Shahs will appear both as narrators and different characters.

Shah''s Motley Company theatre group has performed the show around the world.

The event in Lahore will raise funds for Faiz Ghar, a museum and cultural centre run by Faiz Foundation Trust.

During his stay in Lahore, Shah will also address film and theatre students of Beaconhouse National University and National College of Arts.

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