Islamabad: Saturday night was humid and freezing cold. It was all the more freezing after watching and listening to the horrors experienced by tourists after the extraordinarily heavy snowfall in Murree over the past 48 hours. People froze to death in their vehicles, buried in the snow.
There was a group of young men and women walking relentlessly on their feet, trying to concentrate on their assigned tasks at the entrance to Lok Virsa’s “Media Center”. While they seemed busy, they continued to cast anxious glances at the entrance to Lok Virsa’s compound from the road.
They were part of the “Swaang” team, a new theater group based in Islamabad and created by two sisters, Snobar Nazir and Kanwal Ajmal, a dancer who had performed in Canada and Dubai to promote “oriental dance” culture. “.
They were taken in a “Catch-22” position because tickets for the theatrical performance, a play called “Main Nay Kuch Nahi Kiya” (I did nothing) were all sold out and only a few hours before the release. scene of the play, the tragic events of Murree began to unfold in gruesome detail. But the play was already beyond the stage of cancellation or postponement.
Then, much to the relief of the organizers, the guests started to pour in! It was a light-hearted crime-comedy play worth watching and quite family-friendly, in which the police try to solve a series of mysterious murders of elderly women, who have all were initially found brutally stabbed to death.
The play’s director, Safeerullah Khan, indeed kept the entire performance intertwined and reflected a range of social and cultural issues in a subtle way. The manner in which he portrayed various social aspects, including ‘thana culture’, the anxiety of electronic media to take precedence over others, gender biases, contempt for the superiority of women, deception and deception in love and the extreme emotions, which seemingly covered things up. suddenly invoke.
Sarmad Sehbai, the legendary playwright, poet, writer, director of films and plays and, presumably, a singer who sings mystical and classical poetry in his own style, was invited as the main guest to the play. launch of the “Swaang” theater. And as typical of Sarmad Sehbai, he refrained from pronouncing many distinctions!
“They are newbies and they did pretty well for the newbies, I have to say. Their confidence on stage was appreciable, their dialogue matched their actions and that’s important in a live play, ”said Sarmad Sehbai.
Farrakh Yar, a banker, much better known as a poet, writer and in-depth researcher, was also present on the occasion, said that it was something really nice on a sad, dull and dreary day.
“I indeed appreciate the efforts of each member of this ‘Swaang’ team, but as always, there are one or two people who run away with the show. And in today’s play, it must be said that the police boastful “Chandio” played very well. But we must not forget the inmate of the asylum who had escaped and apprehended by the police as a suspect of a serial killer ”, declared Farrakh Yar.
If you look at it carefully, you can feel a little, a kind of shyness, on the part of Inspector Rani, the young woman who took charge of the investigations into the case because she seemed cautious about her appearance. Chandio played the role of the police well but obviously “exaggerated” in his performance. But, we believe, that was the point of the play!
The purpose of a light family theater performance is to make the audience happy. While they managed to make the audience laugh on several occasions, they also made the guests smile on several occasions with their dialogue and actions.
The cast of the play included: Maria Habib as Khurseed Baigum (serial killer), Niaz Aziz as District Police Officer (DPO), Zia Ur Rehman as Agent ” Bulbula ”, Abubakar Hussain as the police all“ Chandio ”, Asif Mehmood, as“ Thaanedar / SHO ”, Xenia Abid, TV channel journalist, Ali Sidiquee as male TV journalist, Wasif Naqvi in as “Mystic”, Beenish Raza as Inspector Rani and Nadir Shehbaz as “Mad Man”.