Pakistani Classic Drama Ankahi To Premiere On Stage In October
Ankahi Makes A Theatrical Comeback!
When you talk about the classic Pakistan Television dramas from the 1980s, Ankahi, Tanhaiyaan, and Aangan Terha are on everyone's lips. That was a time when there was only one television channel and quality was preferred over quantity. During these dramas being aired, the streets and roads used to be empty and people used to tune in to their television sets and be enthralled by such quality drama serials.
Written by the great Haseena Moin and directed by Shoaib Mansoor, Ankahi has become a cult classic among Pakistanis. The drama serial featured an ensemble star cast including Shehnaz Sheikh, Shakeel, Javed Sheikh, Saleem Nasir, Jamshed Ansari, Behroze Sabzwari, Badar Khalil, Qazi Wajid, Azra Mansoor, Khalid Nizami, and Arshad Mehmood.
Now it is being revealed that the theatrical adaptation of the famous television show would be performed at the Karachi Arts Council in October.
The theatrical adaptation of Ankahi will premiere on stage from 20th October 2020 at the Karachi Arts Council. The news was revealed recently at a press conference held at the Arts Council where Haseena Moin, Amna Ilyas, Dawar Mahmood, Sajid Hassan, and Saqib Sameer were present to talk with members of the press.
Dawar Mahmood is a theatrical director who has previously enchanted the audience with Anwar Maqsood's Aangan Terha.
As with all other projects, the Coronavirus pandemic forced the play to be pushed back until the situation gets better. It was initially slated for a March premiere. Haseena Moin said:
"The purpose of bringing back this story is to send a message to the new generation that we all need love, especially in today’s day and age.”
“Ankahi is very dear to me so believe me, I won’t let anyone harm it.”
Dawar Mahmood said:
The play will be tailored to today’s environment. We have 11 actors and more than 150 other artists and crew members involved in the project. Wahab Shah is the choreographer, Abbas Ali Khan has composed the music of the play. We have shortened 20 to 22 episodes into a 90-minute play, which was close to impossible.”
The theatrical adaptation stars Amna Ilyas in the role of its protagonist, Sana Murad, who was originally played by Shehnaz Sheikh. Amna Ilyas said:
"I will be changing almost 35 costumes on stage in 90 minutes and it involves fighting, dancing, crying, laughing, and whatnot. Initially, I felt a little scared that what if I won’t be able to pull it off but due to extensive rehearsals, now I have an idea. I’m confident that it is something that you shouldn’t miss."
Watch the complete press conference here:
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