Pakistani television has seen very few period dramas in the recent past and whenever they appear, their success remains a question mark. While the popularity and viewership of international period plays like The Crown and even Mera Sultan is beyond measure, Sarmad Khoosat’s Mor Mahal failed to make an impact despite its star cast. Some upcoming efforts in this genre include actor-producer Adnan Siddiqui’s Ghughi that is based on Amrita Pritam’s account of the massacre during the 1947 partition and director Mohammad Ehteshamuddin’s Aangan that centers upon the pre partition era.
Currently in its production phase, Aangan has an all star cast including Ahsan Khan, Mawra Hocane, Sonya Hussyn, Ahad Raza Mir and Sajal Aly. Speaking to Instep on the sidelines of a recent event, director Ehteshamuddin opened up about the play that is based on Khatija Mastoor‘s award winning novel of the same name.
“The beauty of this novel lies in its simplicity and this is the reason why I chose it,” he shared. “It sheds light on the revolution that women went through in those times (pre partition) within the confines of the four walls where their only source of information was their male counterparts. Set in an inner courtyard, the story has been told from the perspective of a woman.”
The director also informed that they have shot the first spell of the play while the second spell will run throughout this month. With some of the cast members yet to be finalized, Aangan features Uzma Hassan and Abid Ali aside from the lead actors. The play will go on air later this year, once the shooting wraps up.