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Anwar Maqsood’s Aangan Tehra, which mesmerized the audience in the 1980s when the Pakistan Television (PTV) was the sole source of ‘quality’ entertainment for the masses in the country, has proved thrilling on stage too.
The venture of the young and dashing entrepreneur Dawar Mahmood of KopyKats Productions of staging it at the Arts Council of Pakistan in Karachi has turned out to be another success story.
KopyKats Productions, formed by a group of young people from Islamabad under the dynamic leadership of Dawar Mahmood, had earlier rewritten the history of theatre in Pakistan by successfully persuading the legendary Anwar Maqsood to make his stage debut with Pawnay 14 August.
Aangan Tehra, starring Salim Nasir, Shakeel, Arshad Mahmood, Durdana Butt and Bushra Ansari, had become the talk of the 1980s as the comic drama serial mocked the integrity of an upright civil servant, the frustration of a wife who subsists on bare necessities and her husband’s strong sense of morality and the vanity of a classical dancer turned domestic servant who continues to serve without being paid.
There’s a different cast, however, for Aangan Tehra on stage and it includes most of those who were part of Pawnay 14 August with the inclusion of Khalifa Sajeeruddin, who is playing Pi-jan Chaudhry, originally played by Arshad Mahmood in the televised version. The most hilarious role is for the young Yasir Hussain whose deep voice reminds many of Salim Nasir. Talal Jilani has tried to do justice with the role of Mehboob Ahmed while Harem Farooq acts as Jahan Ara.