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Himalaya

Day 26: Lahore

Lahore, Pakistan 
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Lahore Fort. Exquisite workmanship in the Palace Of Mirrors. Pity about bloke on left.
Michael Palin - HimalayaApparently it gets seriously competitive, with rooftop rivals attaching knives and glass to their string to cut each other's kites adrift. (I've since heard that the mayor of Lahore has banned next year's kite festival because of risk of injury.)

It's late by the time we head down to the studios but Yusuf assures us that there is no point in getting there earlier. Because of the heat, all the shooting is done at night.

He explains that someone like Shaan will have several films on the go at once.

'What sort of films?'

'All the same,' he says. 'All Punjabi films have the same ingredients. One boy, two girls, one boy, one girl, two girls, one boy. We are a very emotional people, we like to cry our heart and soul out.'
Lahore, Pakistan 
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My night with the stars. Shaan Shahid (left), and other top Pakistani thesps, on set at the Bari Studios, Lahore. This was one of nine films Shaan was making at the same time.
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 26: Lahore
  • Country/sea: Pakistan
  • Place: Lahore
  • Book page no: 57

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