A review on Pakistani Drama theatre play, Absolut Manto (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.

 

 

 

+ Crew

  • Directed by Kanwal Khoosat
  • Written by Saadat Hasan Manto

 

 

 

 

+ Note
Absolut Manto was supposed to be a Dastangoi play. However, it was conducted in the form of reading the stories to the audience.

 

 
+ Full Cast

  1. Sania Saeed
  2. Feryal Ali Gauhar
  3. Irfan Khoosat
  4. Sarmad Khoosat

 

 

 

 

 

+ Plot
Best known for his short stories, Saadat Hasan Manto chronicled the chaos that prevailed in society. Arguably the best Urdu short story writer and writer of realistic prose in South Asia, he was a maverick in a society that did not accept the bitter truths. His contribution to Urdu literature makes him a model for 21st century writers.

 

 

 
+ High Points
i – Well known and established TV stars are in the cast.

 

+ Low Points
i – I am sorry, what? Read? You say Read? In the entire play, you would read to the audience and you call that a performance? If the same task was given to the performers of NAPA / other theatre academy, they would have tell these stories in the shape of their characters… and without reading.

 

+ Overall
All that hype with inclusion of A-grade star cast, Absolut Manto turns out to be an epic failure.

 
Rate: 0 out of 5 stars