Calling Theatre Enthusiasts: Celebrate Pakistan’s 75th Anniversary with Anwar Maqsood’s ‘Saadhay 14 August’

There’s some really exciting news for theatre enthusiasts. Veteran playwright Anwar Maqsood is all set to showcase the last part of his theatrical trilogy series ‘Saadhay 14 August’ on 14th August 2022 at the Arts Council of Pakistan (Karachi).

The Official Promo Announcement

Kopykats Production released a short teaser for the play on Saturday captioned, “Celebrating [the] 75th Anniversary of Pakistan with the final part of the theatrical masterpiece trilogy, Anwar Maqsood’s Saadhay 14 August.”

A Quick Recap

Maqsood’s Independence Day trilogy series started way back in 2011 with Pawnay 14 August, that contributed highly to changing the state of theatre. It was then followed with a second installment Sawa 14 August. The series was then halted for a decade as the showman himself was hoping for the country to witness better for the finale.

 ‘Saadhay 14 August’ Synopsis

The promo features a photographer trying his best to capture Jinnah and Gandhi together in one frame. But he fails to get fill the gap between them. We get to hear some witty exchange of words regarding the partition of British India. The promo concludes when Maqsood walks in and sits in the middle and says “Saadhay Chauda August, chauda August” and the photographer clicks the photo.

In the words of Anwar Maqsood

In an exclusive conversation with Images, the playwright dished some details about the play. “In the play a man files a case against Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Gandhi as to who is responsible for the decline of a huge state such as India — three countries were made out of it. Then they’re asked to go to four cities to find out who’s responsible. They cities are: Kashmir, Lahore, Delhi and London. So, the play is divided into four parts. First the Quaid and Gandhi go to Kashmir, then Lahore, Delhi and London.”

Summing it up

Saadhay Chauda August is highly anticipated as the previous parts of the trilogy series were smashing hits. Directed by Dawar Mehmood, the play will air in Karachi for two months and will then head to Lahore and Islamabad.

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