KARACHI: Arts Council's first production "Nach Na Janay" in collaboration with KopyKats Production was premiered over the weekend. With the legendary writer Anwar Maqsood on board the prequel to "Angan Terha", a famous play of 1983, "Nach Na Janay" directed by Dawar Mahmood will remain in theatre till Ramazan.
Yasir Hussain, who is back to the stage after seven years, is playing the character of Akbar, the servant of Mahmood Sahab and Begum Jehan Ara; characters performed by Abdullah Farhat and Sara Bhatti respectively.
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Maqsood said that all the income earned by this play will be given to the old artists of Radio Pakistan & PTV, who are in dire financial crises these days. The duration of the play was 90 minutes. The audience was touched by Yasir Hussain's performance and his spontaneous dialogue delivery.
Speaking on the occasion, Maqsood said that he wrote this play with a broken heart and tried to present the dilemma faced by the artistic community of 80's. He was thankful to the President of Arts Council of Pakistan, Muhammad Ahmed Shah, to revive standardised theatre. Maqsood further added, "Dawar has done an excellent job by actually perceiving what I wanted to show to the audience, this is the 8th play which I have written for him and he has proven yet again that he is the best".
Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2019.