Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently spent an afternoon with veteran actor Shabana Azmi at a private tea party. The exclusive occasion was hosted by the steel tycoon Sajjan Jindal in Delhi. Nawaz Sharif expressed immense admiration for Shabana’s father, Kaifi Azmi, Lata Mangeshkar, Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan. He also requested Shabana to visit Pakistan along with her husband Javed Akhtar and inquired if there was a way he could invite Lata and Amitabh as well.
“Over tea at Sajjan Jindals… Met Nawaz Sharif yesterday. Delighted that he is fan of Kaifi saab, Lataji and Mohd Rafi,” Shabana posted on Twitter.
Met Nawaz Sharif yesterday.Delighted dat he is fan of Kaifi Sb Lataji Mohd Rafi.I said we nd Indo Pak coproductions pic.twitter.com/CSW7QMz0B6— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) May 27, 2014
They two further discussed the cultural exchanges India and Pakistan share as well as the film industry as a combined entity.
“I said we need Indo-Pak co-productions… Nawaz Sharif said he gives his full support for films as co-productions between India and Pakistan. He brings message of peace and encourages exchanges,” added Shabana.
On having suggested that India and Pakistan must share cinematic space, Shabana insisted on the need for co-productions to be encouraged. Nawaz Sharif taking this idea positively, asked if such attempts have been made in past.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2014.
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