Phir ‘Hua kuch yoon’

“Hua kuch yoon” as we were briefed earlier by team Kopycats is going to be a satirical prelude to ‘Sarhay 14 August Say Pehlay, which was written by legendary Anwar Maqsood and this one ‘Hua kuch yoon’ is written Sajid Hasan and directed by Dawar Mehmood of Kopycats and expectation were quite high.

 

This play “Hua kuch yoon” has a staggering number of characters/actors doing different kind of roles and this number is another history making moment for Pakistani theatre. Play starts with a loud bang with scene set at Jallianwala Bagh during 1919 and surprisingly two survivors of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre are muslim kids which seems pretty strange as Jallianwala Bagh shoot out took place to curb a Sikh gathering. Play goes on till 2003 which is almost 84 years to be exact.

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Raja Mehmood at Allama Iqbal’s press conference during 1932. 

“Hua kuch yoon” written by Sajid Hussain who some really big shoes to fill-in for Kopycats as previously mostly plays had been written by Anwar Maqsood. Sajid Hasan did his job quite nicely to keep the audience wanting for more after every scene. At certain points overdose of humorous dialogues could have been avoided for a better impact. Story can be termed a humorous love story between two love-birds separated by the partition.

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Scene from Annual Debate at Aligarh University during 1932.

As always Dawar Mehmood didn’t disappoint and was spot on with his direction skills and with “Hua kuch yoon” he has set the bar even higher than before, for me this is the best theatre play that I have ever seen. With 180 characters, this play has the highest number of characters/actors which is a record for Pakistani theatre. Handling so many of them is herculean task and was well handled by the director. Dawar Mehmood has been instrumental in reviving theatre by inducing young and fresh people every time has never failed to impress, he has introduced many who are now main-stream actors.

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Dances were a decents addition to Dawar’s doctrine.

As for acting both main leads were excellent with their flawless and perfect acting and they deserve to be fully applauded for their excellent acting skills especially female lead Fareeha Raza (Qurat-ul-Ain Haider) who with a very cute and bubbly face did well throughout the play and didn’t miss a single chance to impress with her beauty and with her talent. Fareeha Raza is the shining star of “Hua kuch yoon”. She is simply a step above others. Saad Farrukh Khan (Raja Mehmood) also fared well with his role and his dialogue deliveries and facial expressions gave an impression of a very seasoned actor performing. Truly impressive.

 

Pakistani movie producers and directors should opt for actors like Fareeha Raza and Saad Farrukh Khan rather than opting for models who have no idea about acting at all. Some other actors were impressive too and sorry missing out their names. Characters played by Khuswant Singh, Raja Sahib, Venkat and Sikh Policeman were impressive too.

Some of best scenes from “Hua kuch yoon” were shoot-out at Jalianwala Bagh at the starting followed by adoption scene at an orphanage where humor could have been avoided to send an even more powerful message, then Allama Iqbal’s resignation speech is rather forgettable, debate at Aligargh University felt perfect, scene at Bombay Bazzar was a bit too dragged, scene at Bombay Railway Station at the time of partition, punjabi language sessions at Sardarji’s home which had the magical words from urdu language ‘bahut bahut nawazish’ was one of the best scenes of the show, Hyde Park scene was pretty okay-ish, jail scene which had Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto wasn’t needed and felt a bit dragged, interview with Indira Ghandi was felt unnecessary & lastly one of best scene of “Hua kuch yoon” was the assassination of Indira Ghandi which was shown very splendidly in context to theatre. IMG_4733

On the concluding note; Dawar has brought another theatrical masterpiece and is something which theatres lovers should not miss-out. “Hua kuch yoon” is a must watch type.

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