Ismat Apa Ke Naam

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Ismat Apa Ke Naam

February 24th, 2011 at Brampton Rose Theatre

A packed house of 870 people, beautiful storytelling and incredible artists makes one unbelievably exciting evening of theatre!

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Thank you to all of those who made it out to Brampton on Thursday night… for those who didn’t make it, buy your tickets in advance and stay tuned for another performance in the future!!

About the Play

Why Not Theatre is proud to host the international screen and stage star, Naseeruddin Shah, in ‘Ismat Apa Ke Naam’ – a play performed in Hindu/Urdu and based on three short stories by the famous Urdu writer, Ismat Khanum Chughtai (1915-1991). The plays are directed by Naseeruddin Shah and powerfully performed by him alongside his wife Ratna Pathak Shah and daughter Heeba Shah (themselves renowned actresses).

The play is a celebration of Chughtai, whose work needs little introduction in India; thumbing her nose at the accepted notions/moralities, she created a provocative body of work which astounded and shocked her contemporaries. Shah’s intention to enact three of her short stories is his tribute to this ‘witty, wise, warm, wonderful woman, a unique, enchanting writer for the ages.’

This is a very rare and special opportunity to catch the play that has delighted Indian critics and audiences and to watch Shah perform on stage. Shah is a graduate of India’s prestigious National School of Drama, and has acted in over 125 Indian and International films. He’s won 4 Filmfare awards (India’s equivalent of the Oscars) and recently starred in the highly acclaimed Monsoon Wedding.