THERE?S ANYTHING but the welcome in his eyes you saw while he hosted Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai. ?I am out of work and when the show would be back is subject to negotiations between the producers and the channel,? said actor Farooq Sheikh in town to take part in the Sahitya Award Committee programme.india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 00:01 IST
THERE’S ANYTHING but the welcome in his eyes you saw while he hosted Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai. “I am out of work and when the show would be back is subject to negotiations between the producers and the channel,” said actor Farooq Sheikh in town to take part in the Sahitya Award Committee programme. “I cannot even write a letter, except in my plays, Tumhari Amrita and Aapki Sonia,” he says, dismissing queries on if he was making good use of the free time he has on hand writing a book. “The exciting scripts are not coming my way and the offers I have received are not exciting enough,” he said. But his plays are going great guns. Informs Shabana Azmi, his co-actor, “The play ran to full house in Pakistan and helped us raise Rs 1 crore!”
Explains the actor’s laidback pace.
TORCHBEARER OF his times is how director Salim and filmmaker /writer Gulzar described Kaifi Azmi, who was honoured by the UP Hindi-Sahitya Urdu-Hindi Award Committee. “He did for the progress of theatre in India what few others of his stature did,” said Gulzar, referring to Azmi as his senior and role model.
“Kaifi sahib initiated the Young Writers’ Association and was always the front-runner in upholding social causes. His poetry inspired because it was spirited and soaked in human qualities.”