A review on an epic Pakistani Political Rom-Drama theatre play, Hua Kuch Yoon (2018). This play was performed at Arts Council Karachi.

 

 

+ Crew

  • Narration & Directed by Dawar Mahmood
  • Written by Sajid Hassan
  • Lights by Shakeel Ahmed
  • Makeup & Hair Styling by Kamal Uddin Ahmed
  • Produced by Kopykat Productions

 

 
+ Note

Hua Kuch Yoon is a high budget epic play (original). An 84 year story (1919 – 2003) is been told in an almost 2 hours of play. The main and supporting cast consists of total 35 performers while there are total 11 set (changing) designs during the play. There was a professional team of young dancers hired by the production house. The costume designer is Honey Love while Asiya Bibi happens to be the production designer.

The BTS team consists of vast people, such as Syeda Maryam Jalil, Muhammad Umer Khan, Wamiq Naseer, Hatim Parekh, Faizan Ahmed Khan, Syed Raheel Ali, Saim Rauf Mughal, Asad Rehman, Mansoor, Muzzammil Memon, Syeda Ayesha Jalil, Areeba Rizvi, Faisal Akbar, Abeeha Adnan, Muhammad Danish, Mansoor Iqbal, Wajeeha Mukthar, Ali Idress, Daniyal Hassan Syed, Yumna Shakeel, Khurram, Bilal Zaidi, Kabeer Adil Siddiqqui, Faizan Hasan, Omair Mumtaz, Syed Abuzar KKR and many more.

Similarly minor supporting cast consists of Mahgul Mumtaz, Sana Ameen, Sidra Qamar, Mannan, Abid Khan, Infas Khan, Rabeet Raza, Syed Ramish Hasan Bukhari, Asad Muhammad Bashir, Hammad Multani, Sibghatullah Qureshi, QM Shafay, Ghazanfer Khan, Muhammad Younus, Askar Hasnain Zaidi, Iqan Uddin Asmi, Vivek Anand Manglani, Bilal, Muhammad Rayyan, Muhammad Zayam, Adnan, Safer, Rizwan, Sahir Shakeel and many more.

Hua Kuch Yoon was the first play I have watched with so many performers on stage and the multiple times sets been changed. Hua Kuch Yoon has been conducted in major cities all over Pakistan with very positive reviews.

 

 
+ Main Cast

  1. Saad Farrukh Khan as Raja (Young)
  2. Fareeha Raza as Indira Gandhi / Ainee (Young)
  3. Saad Zameer Fareedi as Nawab Sb / Raja (Older)
  4. Marya Saad Fareedi as Ainee (Older)
  5. Faraz Ali as Bihari Fruit Wala / Dholpholia Police – Bounty Hunter / Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
  6. Taha Humayun as Venkit / Annie’s Friend Zone Lover / Guy at Railway #1 (Rapist)
  7. Adil Bangash as Khushwant Singh
  8. Mujtaba Rizvi as Fruit Walla

 

 

 

 

+ Plot
It revolves around Raja & Annie, of how they were orphaned and then later adopted by their foster parents during the time before the partition of India and Pakistan. Their lives of friendship and love is been shown through the passage of the time of 80 years, from birth till death.

 

 

+ High Points
i – Dawar Mahmood has shown what a great direction means for a play. His work had made the characters to present themselves even more interesting than they were written. I would look forward for his upcoming plays.

ii – Excellent writing by Sajid Hassan that is in its story telling and screenplay. The interest level most of the times was high in every scene.

iii – Once again, an outstanding performance given by Faraz Ali as Dholpholia; Police – Bounty Hunter. It’s about time that he should be appearing on good budgeted TV and films alike. His acting is so appealing that the spectators’ eyes are glued on stage. He is no ordinary great actor I can assure you but something much more. With a serious note, if he ever to be shared a scene with a fame veteran actor such as Naseeruddin Shah, the audience would refuse to believe that Faraz is a newcomer on the big screen.

iv – The dynamic couple (Saad Fareedi and Marya Saad) bought an interesting chemistry to this play to an emotional, proper ending. Other Honorable Mentions: Fareeha Raza, Adil Bangash, Taha Humayun, Mujtaba Rizvi and Saad Farrukh Khan.

v – Light humor suited well with the serious tensions of this political rom-drama.

vi – Superb quality sets were designed and constructed. Additional relevant props helped to make the scenes more intriguing to look at.

vii – Loved the way how the creativity was thought over and handled. Even the smaller details to the end credits were given importance.

viii – Good voice narration helped the audience to understand the passage of time and important incidents during the play.

ix – Almost the entire team have given solid performances including the supporting cast.

x – The costumes were well designed / managed / suited for the characters.

xi – The lighting was very carefully and efficiently taken care of. Good work!

 

 

+ Low Points
i – There is a good reason why we have the stage to do the performances. It’s preferable to act on the main stage, if not then at least be nearby it. However, there were few performances going on within the place where the audience sat in upper and lower rows. It is difficult and uncomfortable to watch the performances off the stage, especially happening behind you.

ii – Since Fareeha Raza was already playing young Ainee’s character, so to choose her to play Indira Gandhi’s character and then sharing the scene with Older Ainee’s character played by Marya Saad seemed … wrong, creating unnecessary confusion. People started saying if Fareeha could have played an older age character then why not she played out Older Ainee’s character as well.

One may say that Saad Fareedi had also played two characters too (Nawab Shah and Older Raja). But Fareeha’s example does not match with Saad’s since his two characters never shared with a scene together (except for child characters of Raja & Ainee).

iii – What’s so funny having toilet humor? It is cheap, childish comedy; better to leave it for retards.

iv – You might miss out several political referred jokes if you are not up to date with our current politics.

 

 

+ Overall
Hua Kuch Yoon has almost clean sweep the audience and critics with its mastery writing, direction and strong performances in this epic play.

 
Rate: 4.50 out of 5 stars