‘An­war Bhai is a Masseur.’

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Un­con­ven­tional wis­dom is some­thing which is very ob­vi­ous about An­war Bhai. I think all of us come to­gether in uni­son and agree that his ex­tra­or­di­nary hu­mour, his wit and pres­ence of mind and his kind of fear­less­ness to speak his mind out, of course with a sub­tle tease, makes him emerge as a star and def­i­nitely an all-rounder.

An­war Bhai is a mas­ter of art, po­etry and prose and in­deed he is a great artist. He is a pro­moter of ta­lent and a great col­lab­o­ra­tor in the field of art and sci­ence and one can go on about him. But, to me, while all this is ex­tra­or­di­nary and great, a few things about him which stand out from the rest, are his qual­i­ties that are not to be found in any­one as he is unique and a mas­ter­piece.

An­war Bhai, as I see him, is a masseur and I hon­estly mean it when I say this. He is an ab­so­lute change-agent who has a com­bi­na­tion of wit and hu­mour and ex­tra­or­di­nary in­sights about hu­man be­hav­iour. He has qui­etly moved the na­tion in a cer­tain di­rec­tion. He is a masseur be­cause he has made us laugh dur­ing very tough times and has brought the best out of all of us. He is a pa­triot and a true Pak­istani and may be more of a Kara­chite. He is ev­ery­thing and is loved by all ages, by all eth­nic groups from Karachi to Pe­shawar.

He is a na­tional fig­ure be­cause he is of course ven­er­ated not only in Pak­istan but out­side the coun­try as well. He is a pioneer in cre­at­ing a unique for­mat on tele­vi­sion. His col­lab­o­ra­tion with Moin Akhtar and Bushra An­sari and many oth­ers, who helped this medium of tele­vi­sion to grow and ex­pand in Pak­istan, has been ex­tra­or­di­nary. Then, of course, he is a pioneer of theatre as well and the way he lever­ages that plat­form, en­er­giz­ing the au­di­ence and mak­ing them laugh and cry and that too both at the same time, is a qual­ity that only a few peo­ple have achieved.

So I am re­ally happy to have been given the op­por­tu­nity to talk about An­war Bhai who I have known for al­most 40 years now. I just wish him good health and hope that we will soon hear from him, his unique per­spec­tive on the change in the po­lit­i­cal sta­tus quo in Pak­istan and how he sees THIS 7E LOOK FOR­WARD TO HIM TO CRE­ATE A new play for us to watch and per­haps a new tele­vi­sion program around this. I am sure he is al­ready think­ing about it, so best of luck and thank you for the op­por­tu­nity once again.

Ir­fan Mustafa Founder and CEO of The Food Lab DMCC.

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