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Himalaya

Day 26: Lahore

Lahore, Pakistan 
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Who is the fairest of them all? Last minute checks at Bari Studios. Because of the heat, the films are shot in the middle of the night.
Michael Palin - HimalayaHis father was a director, producer and writer, his mother the leading actress in Pakistan, so Shaan has no illusions about the business, or his success. He's a family man. Loves to be woken by his daughter, he says.

'I wake up by 12.30, I go to my gym, I have breakfast, then I come to work. I do about nine projects a day.' He reckons he finishes a film every 28 days.

'Are you allowed to kiss on screen?'

'Not on the lips. On the hand or the forehead, or you know on the side cheek or something, but not on the lips. My wife's not going to agree to that, so forget it.'

'Does that seem unnatural to you?'

'No, that's very natural.'

I wonder if he fears any backlash from resurgent, conservative, Islamist elements in the country, who've made no secret of their dislike for the cinema.

'There's a bunch of people that need to be taught that this is something that has nothing to do with religion; it's a form of expression, it's a form of art and that's it.'
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 26: Lahore
  • Country/sea: Pakistan
  • Place: Lahore
  • Book page no: 58

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