Tu keh nawaqif-e-adab-e-shahinshahi hai abhi,
Raqs zanjeer pehan kar bhi kiya jata hai.
(You, who know not the ways of imperialism,
You dance, even in chains.)
The revolutionary poet Habib Jalib penned these stirring lines for Neelo, a Pakistani actress coerced into dancing for the Shah of Iran during a state visit in 1965. Neelo is said to have fainted from distress before the performance and been rushed to the hospital.
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