Jhanjar Di Paawan Chankaar an attempt to revive drama for families


MULTAN: Jhanjar Di Paawan Chankaar on Sunday night mesmerised the audience at Multan Arts Council as the storyline, expressions and scintillating performance by artists was top-notch.

This is a play presented by Olomopolo Media that has been written by Saeed Rahman and Fatima Maan. It has been co-directed by Kanwal Khoosat, who is Irfan Khoosat’s daughter and sister of Sarmad Sultan Khoosat. Moreover, it was an attempt to convince parents to let their children decide of their future themselves.

The cast includes veteran actor Samiya Mumtaz as well as the newer but equally engaging and talented Zain Afzal and Iman Shahid, along with Sarmad Khoosat himself, inspired by the American play by Leonard Cershe.

The story revolves around aspiring musician, Hamza who decided to live away from his over-protective mother, for the first time.

Living in an apartment that he is still getting used to, a random, free-spirited neighbour, Zaman walks into his humble abode one day and they begin to bond over their interests.

Meanwhile, Hamza’s mother makes a surprise visit and she begins to question everything he has chosen to do. After asserting his desires and dreams to his mother, Hamza reminds her that she has the impetus to his empowerment while growing up and would like to continue on living his life with the independence she had prepared him for as a child.

The dialogue delivery, timings, background music and acting were all done fantabulously by the actors as Mumtaz, Khoosat and Afzal gave it their best during the entire play.  The highlight was Khoosat dancing on a Punjabi song in heels which forced the audience to give him a big round of applause and many would agree that Khoosat is a born actor who had proved his potentials as actor and director.

Multan Arts Council (MAC) Deputy Director Saleem Qaisar said, “It was an effort by Sarmad Khoosat and his team to revive drama which families could enjoy themselves at a stage,” adding that “the role of Hamza was symbolic for all of us which tells that by the time our kids become independent, they find out their own dreams and its realities while they are blind unless they are dependent.”