KARACHI: Karachi Arts Council has been staging Anwar Maqsood-penned Naach Na Jaanay since March 1, 2019. The play is being performed in collaboration with KopyKats Productions and is a prequel to the acclaimed Urdu play Aangan Terha.
Maqsood has teamed up with director Dawar Mahmood as soon as once more after the duo’s earlier productions – specifically Aangan Terha, Sawa Chauda August and Pawnay Chauda August – turned fan favourites.
For Aangan Terha’s prequel, Yasir Hussain was roped in to play the protagonist, Akbar. Talking to The News Observers, the actor make clear how he acquired to the pores and skin of his character and prepped for the a lot awaited play.
“Akbar is a curler coaster of unpredictable feelings,” the Lahore Se Aagay actor started. “To get these feelings proper would possibly not be very difficult however on the similar time, it could possibly get actually difficult.”
He added, “A classical dancer with a feminist streak has the modern mind of a road good child, but the mannerisms of Umrao Jan. He’s clever sufficient to know what’s taking place round him, but has a coronary heart of a 4 12 months outdated baby. ”
Hussain shared as soon as he understood the way to include Akbar’s feelings, the remaining wasn’t that tough. The actor has been on stage for fairly a while, so performing stay in entrance of a theatre full of individuals is second nature to him.
Naach Na Jaanay marked Hussain’s return to theatre after a spot of seven lengthy years throughout which he has appeared in numerous movies. Although this isn’t the primary time he is working with Maqsood, he nonetheless sees it as an awesome studying alternative, he mentioned.
The play has been prolonged twice to fulfill the viewers’s demand and can now run until Might in Karachi. “It might’ve been prolonged additional if Ramazan wasn’t coming round related time,” the Baandi star went on. “However I feel that is it. Now we have dates for Lahore and Islamabad as effectively.”
So how has the expertise been for him? “It’s at all times overwhelming when a whole auditorium has paid PKR2,000 per head and when the literati’s and the glitterati’s giggle and cry with you,” Hussain responded. “I can’t be extra grateful however once you’ve breathed and lived greater than half your life on the theatre, nothing appears surreal.”
Speaking about his expertise on working with the legendary Maqsood, Hussain added, “That is the seventh manufacturing I’m doing by KopyKats which has been penned by Anwar Maqsood. He’s like a father, mentor, greatest buddy! He’s household now.”
Revealing one reminiscence the thespian would take away from the play, he shared, “Salim Nasir’s (actor who portrayed Akbar in Aangan Terha) elder daughter got here to the present and refused to go away with out seeing me. I placed on the same old poker face and mentioned, “Thanks, thanks jee” however it took me three seconds to get teary eyed and all my appearing abilities to ensure the viewers didn’t determine it out that I’m about to cry.”
After Karachi, the Naach Na Jaanay workforce will head to Lahore after which Islamabad respectively, for 2 months every. The director of the play earlier revealed that a lot of the actors within the play are debutantes he selected out of greater than 11,000 auditions.