Naseeruddin Shah surprises audiences with virtual appearance at Karachi Literature Festival
Veteran Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah gave attendees of the 13th Karachi Literature Festival a delightful surprise when he joined them for an online interaction.
As there was no mention of the Mumbai-based actor’s participation in the three-day literature festival, which ended on Tuesday, audiences were amazed to see him appear virtually at one of the screenings. interactive debate on cinema and art.
According to The News International, Shah shared personal stories from his life and career during Monday’s online session.
Oxford University Press marketing director Raheela Baqai, who organizes the festival, said they were only able to get Shah for Monday night’s online session.
“When we heard late last night about Naseeruddin Shah’s availability, we acted quickly to make sure he could be part of the festival,” Baqai said.
Shah, whose career spans more than 45 years across film, TV and now streamers, said his craft was influenced by the Hollywood movies he had the chance to watch “unsupervised” in his childhood.
”I would end up comparing Uran Khatola to the Wizard of Oz, a film like Azaad to the Prisoner of Zenda. I could clearly see the problems with Hindi films of the time,” recalled the actor, whose last film released was Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Gehraiyaan’. “But I also knew that if I wanted to be an actor, I would have to work with similar issues. By the early 70’s Hindi cinema had also started producing serious films and I made it my mission to find a way to work there, ”Shah, known for films like ”Nishant”, ” Mandi”, ”Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”, and ”One Wednesday” says.
Considered a pillar of Indian cinema, the 71-year-old said he started out as a commercial actor “despite not looking like a hero”. ”I never fit in either, but I guess it was my mother’s prayers that brought me here,” Shah, who has worked in films like ”Vishwatma”, ”Mohra’ ‘ and ”Tridev”, added.
”I’ve done a lot of disappointing films. But it was always actors like Anthony Quinn who kept me going. They weren’t good looking either, but they kept working because of their ability to deliver,’ the famous actor added.
Shahzaad Sharjeel, who moderated the session, told Shah about the popularity of his TV series ”Mirza Ghalib” (1988) in Pakistan, to which he replied that his paternal aunt and uncle owned the house on the same street where the great Urdu-Persian poet Ghalib resided.
”We would always see this beautiful haveli which was in ruins and everyone told us that a ‘poet named Mirza Ghalib used to live here”, he said.
Shah signed off, saying he was thrilled to be part of the literature gala virtually, but would have been even happier to attend in person.
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