It was a tearful moment for actress Shabana Azmi, as she walked across the Wagah border into Pakistan and had an emotional reunion with famed Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz's two daughters.
Shabana and husband Javed Akhtar went across the border this week along with 10 theatre artists including MS Sathyu, Shama Zaidi, Atul Tiwari, Rajendra Gupta and Lubna Arif on an invitation from the Faiz Foundation for the Faiz Ahmed Faiz Centennial.
"Faiz is my most favourite poet of all and even 'abba' (father Kaifi Azmi) accepted that without qualms. Faiz's completed works 'Saare Sukhan Hamare' accompanies (me) wherever I go," she said.
About her indelible bonding with Faiz's daughters, Shabana says, "Salima and Moneeza Hashmi and I came together because we share a common heritage having been raised as children of the Progressive Writers Movement."...more
11:30 AM, Feb 27, 2011