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Mira Nair, Javed Akhtar, Vishal Bhardwaj to attend Jaipur Lit Fest

IANS | Jaipur |

Celebrities like Mira Nair, Javed Akhtar and Vishal Bhardwaj are all geared up to attend the 11th edition of ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival which will take place from January 25-29 next year.

Being held at the Diggi Palace here, the festival which is an amalgamation of not just literature but the arts as well, will host thought provoking conversations and debates involving the filmmakers and artistes.

Nair, who has films like “Monsoon Wedding“, ” The Namesake“, “Salaam Bombay!” and “Queen of Katwe” to her credit, will be part of a session with Sanjoy K. Roy. She will be speaking about her work, beliefs and obsessions.

Bhardwaj, a multi-faceted filmmaker who has projects like “Maqbool“, “Omkara” and “Haider” to his credit, will dive deep into Shakespeare’s masterpieces. In another session, he will shed light on cinematic narrative, literature and music, and the parallel line between the arts.

He will also launch his new book of poems, “Nude”, here.

Javed Akhtar, whose family lineage can be traced back to seven generations of writers, will rekindle the magic of poetry to celebrate this literary legacy in a session along with wife and veteran actress Shabana Azmi. He will also speak on the continuing traditions of Urdu literature.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who has films like “Black Friday“, “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “Dev D” to his name, will also be present at the literature fest.

Actress Soha Ali Khan, daughter of veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and late former cricketer and the 9th nawab of Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, will take a pragmatic approach in a session on fame and glitz in the film industry based on her memoir “The Perils of Being Moderately Famous”.