REVIEW FOR ISMAT AAPA KE NAAM - PLAY BY NASEERUDDIN SHAH
There are boys and there are men. Then there is Naseeruddin Shah. He can simply shove a globule of uncomplicated acting prowess down your throat, without you even realizing that he could have almost choked you with that coherent performance. His consistent ability to get into the skin of the character is eerie at times. His dexterity on and off stage has made him one of the most respected actors in the Industry. And the tag sticks to all his works, too.
Ismat Aapa Ke Naam is a tribute of this great actor to the famous Urdu writer Ismat Khanum Chugtai. Her stories often challenged the accepted social standards, and were provocative and witty at the same time.
The play is a series of three short stories called Mughal Bacche, Chui Muee and Gharwaali, narrated with élan and gusto by the trio of Naseer, Ratna Pathak Shah and Habeeb Shah.
Each member of the cast reads a story. Ratna Pathak Shah tells the story of Mughal Bachche, a tale about the male dominance in our families and the resulting suffering of the womenfolk in that era. It includes the engaging love story of Kaley Mian and Gorey Bi.
Heeba Shah narrates the story Chui Muee, a tale about childbirth on a train. It deals with the reactions of upper-class women and rural women to the same situation, and how one is pampered and the other left out. This tale is a celebration of the strength and the achievements of the rural women of India.
And finally, Gharwali has Naseer narrating it in a riveting fashion. This is a social satire about how the same woman can be acceptable or not acceptable based on the needs of the men around her.
Ismat… has already received rave reviews from across the globe. This is the first time that a play of such proportions is being performed in the city. So make sure you do not miss it.