Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Bari (2019)

A review on Pakistani Drama theatre play, Bari (2019). This play was performed at NAPA International Theatre Festival 2019.



+ Crew

  • Costume Designing, Production Design, Written (Adapted) & Directed by Aqeel Ahmed
  • Written (Original) by Shahid Nadeem
  • Lighting by Daniyal Ashraf
  • Produced by GA Productions


+ Note

Bari is conducted in Urdu / Punjabi language play. It is about gender violence and discrimination. It has a specific reference to its laws.

For new comers, I welcome them all to be part of theatre academy and pour their effort to be new faces for the plays to be performed.

This festival brings together performers from a diverse group of countries and as before NAPA have a number of collaborations between international and local artists.



+ Full Cast

  1. Sehrish Qadir as Zahida (Past)
  2. Tehrim Shafiq as Janaat
  3. Nataliya Karanjia as Jamila
  4. Aisha Bukhteyar as Mariam
  5. Shumaila Taj as Zahida (Present) / Narrator
  6. Hasnain Raza as Police Officer




+ Plot
Zahida is sentenced to the central jail for protesting against the military regime’s ban. There she meets three female prisoners in her cell who are imprisoned for different reasons.




+ High Points
i – A nicely directed play by Aqeel Ahmed. His choices of performers and how it needed to executed was well thought over. Good work!

ii – Amazing performance by Nataliya Karanjia as Jamila, playing a strong woman personality. Not only her story was tragic like the rest but also that her character was most difficult to portray. I congrats Nataliya for her praise worthy performance.

iii – This is the first performance I have watched of Aisha Bukhteyar who played the character as Mariam, the delusional woman. She has performed very realistic, as she understood her character well and knew exactly how to pull it off. Yes, I am eager to watch more of her performances. Other Honorable Mentions: Rest of the cast.

iv – Good effort behind the makeup and hair styling.



+ Low Points
i – I believe we could have a better option than Shumaila Taj as the narrator.

+ Overall

Bari is successful in terms of solid performances by uncommon actors.



Rate: 3.0 out of 5 stars


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