September 20, 2020

Arts Council of Pakistan Karachi

آرٹس کونسل آف پاکستان کراچی‎

“Ankahi” going to be staged on 20th October at Arts Council

Haseena Moin’s classic play “Ankahi” going to be staged on 20th October 2020 at Arts Council, announced. President Arts Council Muhammad Ahmed Shah (S.I), Writer Haseena Moin, Actor Sajid Hasan and Director Dawar Mehmood and Saqib Sumeer were also part of the press conference.

Iconic playwright Haseena Moin is a living legend who headlined the golden days of television in Pakistan, with some of the most progressive scripts she has written till date. She created characters for the small screen, particularly female protagonists that are an inspiration even today. One of her dramas that stood out because of its witty dialogues and a strong protagonist at the heart of the story was Ankahi, launched originally in the early 1980s.

Hence, one is overjoyed to know that a theatre adaptation of the play is in the works; Dawar Mehmood is directing Ankahi for the stage, adapted by Sajid Hasan and Saqib Sumeer with Haseena Moin’s complete support and permission Haseena Moin’s classic playAnkahi“.

A press conference to officially announce the upcoming production was held at the Karachi Arts Council earlier this week with all the key stakeholders in attendance. This included president Arts Council Muhammad Ahmed Shah (S.I), Haseena Moin, director Dawar Mehmood, writers Sajid Hasan and Saqib Sumeer, who came up with the idea to develop Ankahi into a stage play. They addressed the press conference in which they also revealed the cast that was in attendance, in addition to media personnel.

Haseena Moin’s Ankahi was earlier adapted for theatre as a musical play. It’s now ready to premiere as ‘Ankahi 2020’. The first look of the musical has been revealed, and it sure looks promising!

Amna Ilyas plays the protagonist, Sana Murad, originally played by Shehnaz Sheikh. According to reports, the musical version has an ensemble cast, and the 1982 version has been altered to make it relevant to 2020.