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A wordsmith's pen portrait of Imran

chandigarh Updated: May 06, 2012 13:13 IST
Vivek Gupta
Vivek Gupta
Hindustan Times
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There are only some who manage to keep their calm when standing in front of a mike. London-based India-born writer Frank Huzur is not one of them. The writer in him, however, is completely word savvy. And his words have flown rather vociferously in his recent book, Imran Vs Imran, a detailed biographical sketch of former Pakistani cricketer and captain-turned-politician, Imran Khan.

Last year, Frank had attempted another book on Imran, The Fighter, which was published in digital format. In Chandigarh on Friday at The British Library, Sector 9, he says, “The Fighter is more of a biographical fiction.

"The new one is a definitive biography, highlighting the fluctuating tides of Imran’s 20-year-long public life. The book is at odds between Imran — a star cricketer with a Casanova-like image, and then Imran — a restless politician who seeks justice and change in a country like Pakistan.”

According to him, while there are chapters on his journey to becoming a cricket maestro, and of him turning into a flamboyant personality, the book majorly throws light on Imran evolving as a politician, a philanthropist and a social crusader of Pakistan.

“Though Imran entered politics in late ’90s, he actually arrived at the political scene in Pakistan in 2007, when he waged a protest for reinstating Supreme Court judges fired by General Musharraf,” says the 35-year-old.

It was during the same time that Huzur started working on this book. It took him close to five years and numerous visits to Pakistan to complete it. “He [Imran] has definitely evolved as a politician over the years, and one can say with confidence that he is a bright prospect for bridging the gap between India and Pakistan,” adds Huzur.

According to the writer, Imran’s strength lies in the young generation of Pakistan, and the fact that his party is gaining recognition. But his past haunts him too, says the writer, and adds that he has not tried to hide any uneasy episodes of Imran’s life in this book, which has many references to Imran’s controversial past, including a full chapter on Sita White — the woman who claimed to have a daughter from Imran.

Huzur clarifies by saying, “The book is not an attempt at promoting Imran’s political career. I feel lucky that Imran agreed to me writing about his life. So much so, that he helped me meet his family and friends. But I have done my duty by maintaining objectivity in the book.”

He does, however, add that Imran wanted him to delete the portion on Sita White, as he thought it would rake up a political controversy again. But Huzur chose to retain it.