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Naseer puts theatre over films

Islamabad, Dec. 5: Naseeruddin Shah has said the theatre is the toughest of all performing arts but added that he has found performing in the theatre more “pleasing” than acting in films.

The actor, who arrived in Lahore on Sunday evening, was interacting with students of the Lahore College for Women University, Kinnaird College and Beaconhouse National University yesterday.

To a student’s question, he said the theatre was a tougher medium for actors than cinema because it did not allow retakes.

Asked whether he found theatre-acting harder, he said: “If I had been asked about acting in films, I would have listed a host of problems. As far as the theatre is concerned, I had never found it difficult (but) rather pleasing.”

He said theatre-acting brought one a kind of joy not to be found in films. One experienced a kind of enthusiasm and team spirit in the theatre that was absent from films.

Shah is scheduled to be in Lahore for over a week, participating in a series of events, including stage shows.

“I wish I could visit the entire country, but time constraints do not allow that,” a media report quoted him.

Shah said he wanted to meet young theatre actors across Pakistan to share his thoughts and experiences with them.