Ebert loved Patang and specially Nawazuddin's performance. Generously, the legendary critic sought Nawaz out and invited him home for dinner. In a moving tribute, Ebert 'spoke' on stage about Nawazuddin's work.
To 'hear' Ebert praise Nawazuddin in such a way was the most memorable compliment of the actor's life.
Recalling the memorable lunch with America's most influential critic, Nawazuddin says, "Mr Ebert and his wife played perfect hosts. Though he couldn't speak, I didn't for a minute feel any inadequacy in our communication."
At the exclusive lunch with Roger Ebert, the other two guests were actor Michael Shanon (from Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road) and the prolific Australian director Paul Cox.