A review on Pakistani Comedy (satire) theatre play, Jaloos (2017). It was performed at NAPA’s International Theatre Festival 2017.
- Directed, written (Adapted) & set design by Hassan Raza
Jaloos deals with the problems in society which we are facing with but do not want to or cannot change.
This play is inspired by Badal Sarkar’s short story.
+ Full Cast
- Vajdaan Shah as Security Officer
- Hammad Siddiq as Munna (Former)
- Moiz Qadeer as Munna
- Kamal Hussain as Peer Sahib
- Haris Khan as Chorus #1
- Syed Jameel as Chorus #2
- Umair Rafiq as Chorus #3
- Hassan Khan as Chorus #4
- Shahjahan Narejo as Chorus #5
- Ghulam Murtaza as Chorus #6
- Aisha Iqbal as Chorus #7
- Sana Hussain as Chorus #8
It represents those people in society who are downtrodden, suffering, who do not get justice and are ignored by society.
+ High Points
i – Haris Khan plays comic roles in best way possible. He is a great performer with highly skilled acting chops. His handshake with Peer Sahib was one of the most iconic scenes of this play.
ii – Vajdaan Shah performance as Security Officer is strictly performed in realistic manner. Other Honorable Mentions: Kamal Hussain, Syed Jameel, Hassan Khan and Umair Rafiq.
iii – Hassan Raza did a fantastic job in directing this delicate play. One needs a lot of guts to pull this off in such enjoyable comic manner without taking it seriously* (in terms of getting highly offended by it).
iv – The satire humor was touched on hyper sensitive multiple issues which are too taboo to be discussed among close friends even, were very bravely performed.
v – The set design was brightly color-filled constructed.
vi – The live song was sung elegantly.
vii – The screenplay was engaging while the Peer Sahib character was the most appealing.
+ Low Points
i – This play is strictly for a selected audience only. The possibility is likely high for receiving extremely negative reactions, if it is shown to the mass audience.
ii – Both Munna scenes were slow and dragged. Munna character reminded me of ‘Kenny’ from South Park cartoon series.
Jaloos is a play with funny humor which was bravely performed and touched on many sensitive issues in satire mayhem.
Rate: 4.0 out of 5 stars