With the same spirit, a ceremony was organized at Bandra Fort of Mumbai on February 8, headlined by Pakistan's iconic actor Zia Mohayyuddin and the Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan.
Bachchan had them stop in their tracks, when his baritone boomed to recite his father, Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan's Madhushala and other memorable poems. The crowd gathered at the Fort on Monday evening went berserk.
Dressed in a red kurta and black pyjamas with matching black spectacles, the Bollywood legend looked dapper and completely at ease. Before he mesmerised the crowd, wife Jaya came on stage and asked, "How does one introduce one's husband?" And in her straightforward manner, she continued, "My husband will read his father's poetry."
Prior to the Big B's performance, Pakistan's icon Zia Mohyeddin wearing a stylishly cut grey English suit read his countryman Faiz Ahmed Faiz's poetry with flair and elan.
Seated in the crowd, Zia's begum and Vidya Balan couldn't stop raving. Their wah-wah filled the amphitheatre, giving the crowds present gooseflesh, as the legends from both sides of the border continued to keep everyone enthralled.
The ceremony was a part of Aman ki Asha initiative undertaken by Pakistan's Jang Group and Times of India, aimed at spurring the peace and harmony between the two countries.
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