Theatre: Only two days left before Begum Jaan leaves

Published: September 21, 2013
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Begum Jaan, played by Nimra Bucha, recalls her young days as a classical singer with journalist Sanjay Panday, played by Paras Masroor. The play is being staged at Napa for the next two days. PHOTO: FILE

Begum Jaan, played by Nimra Bucha, recalls her young days as a classical singer with journalist Sanjay Panday, played by Paras Masroor. The play is being staged at Napa for the next two days. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

Only two days remain for the curtains to fall on Begum Jaan, a play being staged at the National Academy of Performing Arts (Napa).

The play is doing quite well and has received a good response, said the head of Napa Repertory Theatre, Zain Ahmed. People are liking the elements of history with nostalgia and the old culture depicted in the play, he said. “The crowd loved the script by Indian writer Javed Siddiqui, which is witty and well-crafted.”

The play revolves around a journalist who, in disguise, wants to do a story on the past of a 70-year-old woman, Begum Jaan, who was once a classical singer and enjoyed close ties with political leaders of the time.

Ahmed felt that the play is well-acted, which is another reason for its popularity. “Everyone loves Nimra Bucha.”

The play was first shown in 2011 at the Arts Council is being repeated as many had missed the opportunity to see it then, said Ahmed.

“It gained quite a hype then and we wanted to revive it.” With eight shows lined up, the play has been running since September 12 between Thursdays and Sundays.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2013.

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