OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Department of Theatre, Film and Television of the School of Media and Mass Communication (SMC) organised a dialogue with Indian filmmaker Muzaffar Ali on Friday at City Campus. BNU Vice Chancellor Sartaj Aziz presided over the session while Dean SMC Dr Mehdi Hassan, Head of Theatre, Film and Television Department Dr Asghar Nadeem Syed and Muneeza Hashmi were also present. Speaking to an august gathering of students and faculty of the department, Muzaffar Ali narrated his journey as a film-maker starting as a student of Geology in Aligarh University followed by his work at an advertising agency in Calcutta with renowned Film Directors of Indian Cinema including Satayjit Ray and Goutam Ghosh and finally as an employee of Air India in Mumbai. He also explained to the students how Faizs poetry had a profound influence on his life and he eventually chose his career as a filmmaker starting with a movie by the name of Gaman, which was based on urbanisation of Indian society. He also explained his effort towards preservation of the culture of Lucknow through his production Umrao Jaan. He insisted that creativity lies in seeing the larger picture and developing sensitivities towards the helpless in the society. He said, Your craft should touch the heart. In the question and answer session, he described his passion for Sufi music and poetry of Maulana Jalal-ud-din Rumi. He also recounted his experience in compilations of his Sufi songs under the name of Raqs-e-Bismil. SMC Dean Dr Mehdi Hassan thanked the guest and Muneeza Hashmi for her support in organising an intellectually stimulating session for the students of BNU. He also presented a souvenir to the visiting guest on behalf of BNU. Muzaffar Alis films would be showcased over the next three days in collaboration with the Faiz Foundation at the auditorium of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).