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20th Jan 2006  14.45 IST
By Agencies  


Experiencing "traditional Pakistani hospitality" is not something new for actor-turned-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt and her father Mahesh Bhatt .

Pooja has been the perfect ambassador of Indo-Pak peace through various joint film collaborations between the two countries. She has also taken her films to the Kara film festival in Karachi ever since its inception a few years ago.




However, the reception she got at the Kara film festival last month was something she had never imagined.

"We were at the closing ceremony of the Kara film festival when the Chairman of the festival informed us that President Pervez Musharraf was to attend the ceremony.

"The news left us overwhelmed as it is quite unusual for a head of state of a rival country to attend a festival, which provides platform to talent from the rival country," Pooja Bhatt told a news agency.

President Musharraf not only attended the closing ceremony but also expressed his appreciation for the Indian films and artists participating at the festival.

"The most memorable moment for me and all of the Indian artists present on the occasion was when President Musharraf shared the dais with us and accorded honour to all the members of the Indian delegation.

"Even in normal circumstances praise for ones work is something good but when it comes from the head of a rival country, you know you are really relevant," Pooja said during a function to release the debut album of playback singer Ravinder Ravi of Indian idol fame in New Delhi on Wednesday night.

Said Pooja, for whom Pakistan in general and Kara film festival in particular has become a second home where she has taken all her films, from Paap in 2003 to Rog in 2004, to showcasing her latest film Holiday .

"Kara is like a pilgrimage for me. For me and my father, taking our films to the Kara film festival is a way of taking that "small step" in the direction of furthering people-to-people relations between India and Pakistan."



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