Saturday, May 24, 2008

Anwar Nadeem as Mirza Hadi Ruswa in "Umrao Jaan"

"Anwar Nadeem, a city (Lucknow) based Urdu poet poet, author and screenplay writer epitomises the essence of what's left of Lucknow's old world charm. And thankfully so, as it is this very impeccable Luckkhnawi lehja that caught the attention of director JP Dutta, who was on the lookout for someone who could speak refined Urdu, to fit the role of Mirza Hadi Ruswa, in his forthcoming film (Umrao Jaan) starring Abhishek Bachchan and Ash (Aishwarya Rai, a former Miss World).

"And as fate would have it, Nadeem not only plays the author who originally penned the classic tale of a famous courtesan from Lucknow, but also ended up doing the narration for the celluloid version of the book (Umrao Jaan Ada)"

- Anjali Singh Jaiswal, Lucknow Times, The Times of India, September 25, 2006

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