20 October, 2020

When Host Is Guest

Indians greet us warmly too, even if all they know of us is via PTV

When Host Is Guest
Reams have been written on the hospitality Indians have received in Pakistan. Now the untold story: what reception do Pakistanis get on their visits to India? My first trip to Mumbai was to shoot an ad campaign for a Pakistani product. I was amazed at the size of the Film City. Yet, I returned to Karachi feeling my city was a paradise: Mumbai in May had been hot and humid, the traffic crazy, the cars small, the poverty overwhelming. The trip’s highlight was listening to an overweight Parveen Babi narrate the story of her life.

On my second trip there I hooked up with ace designer Tarun Tahilani, met Salman Khan, hung out with Sangeeta Bijlani and Somy Ali, and went to a Bryan Adams concert. From there I went to Goa. What a place! Suddenly, I was in love with India.

On the third trip, a Pakistani designer and I were guests of the Pakistani High Commission. It was a real treat to see Delhi, stay at Pakistan House, visit Jaipur, pray at Ajmer and see the Taj Mahal. In Delhi, we managed to shoot with Ritu Beri, Suneet Varma, Rohit Bal and J.J. Vallaya. Our new-found...



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