LAHORE: “After a lapse of 13 years, visiting Pakistan is somewhat like visiting an ex,” said Riz Ahmed while speaking at the Lahore Literary Festival at Alhamra Hall.
British Pakistani Riz Ahmed actor-cum-rapper and activist, also known by his stage name, Riz MC, graced the LLF with famed novelist Mohsin Hamid in a talk titled ‘MC Activist’, wherein both artists shared thoughts on creativity and the relation of an artist with his surroundings.
Shedding light on his visit to Pakistan after such long time, Riz said he was amazed at how Pakistani culture had evolved and how out of touch the families that had migrated in the 60s and 70s were with it. “The families that have migrated are sort of living in a time capsule.”
Sharing his recent experience in Lahore, he told the audience how he was pulled aside by the army before entering a cantonment area, who agreed to let him go if he rapped for them. “I thought then, wow, this is a country that takes its poetry seriously,” he chuckled.
Karachi, Pakistan. Putting the ‘desi’ back in ‘diaspora’. pic.twitter.com/GNAOE6mRUH
— Riz Ahmed (@rizmc) March 1, 2018