After receiving praise for his previous plays such as Pawnay 14 August and Kyun Nikala?, hailed playwright Anwar Maqsood is all set to give us a new project, Naach Na Jaanay.
He has once again collaborated with play director Dawar Mehmood for the upcoming theatre play, which is a prequel to famous social satire Aangan Terrha that was launched by the duo in 2013.
“Dawar Mehmood had been imploring me for a long term to make a sequel to Aangan Terha, but I believed that its sequel couldn’t be made, but much to Mehmood’s wish here we are with another play,” said Maqsood said on SAMAA TV’s show Naya Din.
Maqsood explained that Naach Na Jaane is the tale of classical dancer Akbar that was initially played by the late Salim Nasir. The play is set in 1978 under Gen Zia’s rule in which a ban was imposed on dance academies. It tells the story of how Akbar had to find a job as a cook to make ends meet.
“Just like the drama, the play is also reflective of society,” said Maqsood. “The name of the play, Naach na Jaane, reflects the idea that a person who doesn’t know how to rule has been blessed to rule the country.” However, that person keeps on blaming the past government for his blunders.
Nach Na Jane will mark actor Yasir Hussain’s return to theatre after a gap of seven long years during which he has made many films. This is not the first time he will work with Maqsood, though: in Aangan Tehra, Hussain played the role of Nasir’s character.
The play’s opening day will be March 19 in Karachi.