Karachi : Whereas the Nationwide Academy of Performing Arts is understood, and infrequently criticized for, its classical tackle theatre and all its elements, the latest batch of actors, administrators, and writers inform their work with their generational issues and experiences.
The theatre competition NAPA hosts yearly concluded in February, however two productions will make a reappearance onstage this weekend and within the coming week.
Starring Hani Taha and Syed Qasim Shah, Ullu Aur Billi is an adaptation of Manhoff’s The Owl And The Pussycat. Whereas Saqib Khan and Uroosa Siddiqui translated the script throughout their time on the academy, Ansaar Mahar has introduced his personal interpretation of the plot, rendering the manufacturing in darker shades than it has been earlier than.
To not put too high quality a degree on it, however the truth that this specific adaptation has been directed by a member of a youthful demographic, the nuances of Ullu Aur Billi are starkly completely different from the sweetly sardonic unique play and its movie adaptation.
Director Ansaar Mahar notes that when he began engaged on the execution, he realized the story was removed from healthful. The Mahar adaptation does give attention to the connection between Naina and Sharafat – the pussycat and the owl – however dives into the intricacies of gender and steadiness of energy inside intimate relationships.
In fact, whereas gender politics is a worldwide theme and concern, maybe the perception for Mahar comes from his Pakistani roots, the place gender norms and narratives are nonetheless largely patriarchal and managed.
Fully well worth the Rs 600 you’ll spend on the ticket, Ullu Aur Billi is well-written, well-directed, and the 2 leads, Hani Taha and Qasim Shah are actually untapped mines of expertise and potential. You’ll giggle via a lot of the play’s runtime, after which really feel your personal temper shift, because the play’s does.