Fatima Bhutto, granddaughter of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan shared the stage at London National Theatre which hosted a discourse on increasing radicalization, Bollywood and nationalistic politics around the globe.
The event was organized to promote Fatima Bhutto’s recent novel ‘The Runaways’, based on a story of three individuals from Karachi who fled to join ISIS in Syria. ‘The Runaways’ discussed factors that lead to the radicalization of young people and what makes people take up weapons against their own people and the rest of the world.
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Two of favourite artists, women together What does it mean to be a citizen? With nationalist politics on the rise around the world, what do we really mean when we speak of extremism and how are these narratives shaped by race and identity? In an age obsessed with “post-truth” where do the true deceptions lie? Fatima Bhutto is the bestselling author of Songs of Blood and Sword, the memoir about her father’s life and assassination, and the highly praised The Runaways, an unflinching and moving portrait of radicalism, belonging and Muslim identity. Fatima Bhutto was joined for an evening of conversation and debate, by Gary Younge, editor-at-large at The Guardian and author of Another Day in the Death of America. With a reading by Mahira Khan at the National Theatre, London. They discussed Turkish television, how Bollywood may change through the decades but it’s women are always portrayed as one skin tone- fair- what it means to be an exile and more contemporary popular culture topics from Fatima Bhutto's new non fiction book Mahirah Khan blew everyone away in the audience with her beautiful reading. This was the first tone ever when a Pakistani actor performed at the National Theatre. In the pictures after the event, the third favourite woman Sabeen Jatoi joins @fbhutto @mahirahkhan #writer #fatimabhutto #fati #mahirakhan #mahirahkhan #actor #pakistaniactor #mahirakhanofficial #nationaltheatre #theguardian #books #reading #theRunaways
Mahira Khan graced the event as she read the excerpts from the novel to the audience. Journalist Mohsin Sayeed shared four pictures of the two prominent women of Pakistan on his Instagram account. “Two of favorite artists, women together,” he captioned the pictures.
Mohsin Sayeed wrote, “Mahira Khan blew everyone away in the audience with her beautiful reading. This was the first time ever that a Pakistani actor performed at the National Theatre in London.”
Fatima Bhutto made an announcement on her Twitter about Mahira Khan joining her at the event in London for the promotion of her novel.
The Pakistani author discussed her book and nationalistic politics with Gary Younge, the editor-at-large at The Guardian and the author of Another Day in the Death of America.
“They discussed Turkish television, how Bollywood may change through the decades but its women are always portrayed as one skin tone – fair – what it means to be an exile and more contemporary popular culture topics from Fatima Bhutto’s new non-fiction book,” Sayeed went on while sharing the details of the event on his Instagram account.
Earlier, Fatima Bhutto made an announcement on her Twitter about Mahira Khan joining her at the event in London for the promotion of her novel. Gleeful Mahira Khan responded to the tweet of Fatima Bhutto, expressed her excitement about attending the event.
— fatima bhutto (@fbhutto) September 6, 2019
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) September 7, 2019