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