A review on Pakistani Rom-Drama theatre play, Heer Ranjha (2016). It was performed at NAPA.
- Directed by Naz
- Sound Designed by Alooha
- Lighting by Ubaid Iqbal
Heer Ranjha is originally written by Waris Shah. It is one of several popular tragic romances of Punjab. The others are Mirza Sahiba and Sohni Mahiwal. There are several poetic narrations of the story, the most famous being ‘Heer’ by Waris Shah written in 1766.
This play tells the story of the love of Heer and her lover Ranjha. Some historians say that the story was the original work of Shah, written after he had fallen in love with a girl named Bhag Bhari. Others say that Heer and Ranjha were real personalities who lived under the Lodi dynasty and that Waris Shah later utilized these personalities for his story. Shah states that the story has a deeper meaning, referring to the unrelenting quest that man has towards God.
Since Heer Ranjha’s plot involves a romance opposed by family members and ends, the story is often compared to the Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet.
+ Full Cast
1) Marya Saad Fareedi as Heer
2) Saad Zameer Fareedi as Ranjha
3) Samhan Ghazi as Qazi
4) Aamir Naqvi as Sarpanj
5) Muntazir Mehdi as Seida
6) Damyanti Gosai as Sehti
7) Tehreem Shafiq & Fajir Sheikh as Village Girls
8) Akbar Aftab Ladhani as Ravi
9) Saddam Hussain as Qeedu
10) Aisha Iqbal as Ranjha’s Bhabhi
11) Roohi Ahmed as Heer’s Friend
12) Naz as Chaudhrain
13) Abdullah Alnoor as Chaudhry
Heer is an extremely beautiful woman, born into a wealthy family of the Sial (tribe) Jatt in Jhang, with Pakistan setting. Ranjha also a Jat of the Ranjha tribe is the youngest of four brothers and lives in the village of Takht Hazara, by the river Chenab.
Eventually, Ranjha arrives in Heer’s village and falls in love with her. But their families including the village people highly oppose them.
+ High Points
i – Show’s stealer is none other than Saddam Hussain, who performed as Qeedu. It was really a creative way to show him as handicapped. His one recurring quote that he delivered throughout his scenes was amusing to hear.
ii – Samhan Ghazi as Qazi played the supporting role superbly. He played his villainous role very nicely. Other Honorable Mentions: Naz.
iii – The costumes were in bright colors and cultural as the story required it to be.
iv – Tehreem Shafiq & Fajir Sheikh as Village Girls looked glamorous on stage.
v – The set design was sound according to the settings of the play.
+ Low Points
i – What happens when in a romantic play there is no passionate love shown between the two lovers? If this is the case here of ‘Heer Ranjha’ then this flaw would be consider as blunder.
ii – There was immense lack of chemistry between Saad Fareedi and Marya Saad. Nowhere did they look like lovers especially of first sight. What they actually looked like were couple of actors who were told to perform on stage and here are your lines that they need to be delivered in front of the audience.
iii – The love story between Heer & Ranjha was hardly shown to the audience and the play was quickly forward to the next scenes.
iv – There were no proper character development of the main characters including of Heer & Ranjha which would had made an essential emotional link with the audience. Then whatever conflicts would fall on these two lead actors, we as audience would feel their pain of hurting or losing them.
v – The responsibility of the bad performances by most of the cast is of the director as well. Since the director is head of the team then she needed to make sure that the performances least by the two lead stars need to be perfect as their roles were but did not fulfilled the basic requirement.
Though hearty, Naz’s vehicle Heer Ranjha is also weak and tasteless.
Rate: 2.0 out of 5 stars