Ever wondered who wrote the classic Indian spaghetti western Sholay? And who invented Amitabhs angry young man in Zangeer? What about Don? Who with its new age CD underworld implications turned around mainstream Indian cinema from the naiveté of the sixties into the grit of the seventies. Or Mr. India; the worlds largest democracys announcement of entering the new space age? Meet Javed Akhtar Indias Urdu poet laureate, legendary film-writer, and vocal Pakistan critic. In this, perhaps one of the fieriest episodes of TalkBack recorded with Wajahat S. Khan, Javed Akhtar defends Indian secularism and takes on Pakistans Muslim nationalism.
The 2005 earthquake in Kashmir and the Northern Areas was Pakistan's biggest natural calamity. With thousands killed and millions displaced, entire cities were flattened, and entire communities were destroyed. In effect, the largest and most onerous reconstruction and rehabilitation program ever in the country's history was conceived was implemented. On the 2nd anniversay of the earthquake, Wajahat S. Khan speaks to Lt. General Nadeem Ahmad and checks off on the accountability sheet of ERRA, the government wing involved with post-earthquake disaster relief operations.
Tough regions make for tough women. In this 6th episode of TalkBack, Syeda Abida Hussain, the definitive iron lady of Punjab politics defends her inconsistent shifts from the right to the center to the left of the Pakistani politics spectrum. Once held responsible for de-railing Benazir Bhuttos government and now a stellar PPP supporter, Abida defends her positions and her peculiarities as Wajahat S. Khan fires one probing question after the other.