Dec 2, 2008

The Story of Amreeka Palat.

Once upon a time a strict, Hitlerish Sociology and Psychology teacher was handed a course that was known for partying and high profile events. The kids didn't know what to expect and frankly neither did the teacher.

After a couple of classes, she realized she wasn't going to live up to stereotypes. Her target was to oppose them and so she did. She decided to do the biggest, bestest, baddest play in the history of the university.

So now when you cross the Baloch Colony bridge onto Shahra e Faisal, take a sideways glance at Iqra University and see this:


The story of "Amreeka palat!" is the story of culture, language and barrier-breaking all at the same time. It revolves around the maid Neelo and Professor Mudassir (loosely structured on Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, minus the chemistry) and her transformation from the uncouth maid to the lively, sophisticated babe of the modern era with a highly polished linguistic talent. He changes her world and life takes a new turn when Arsalan Mirza (pictured), the American-return Pakistani comes back to fall in love with the brand new Neelo.

That is scratching the surface by the way.

Beneath the plot, the big banner, the million rupees, lies a lot of blood, sweat and toil. A lead actress running out five days before the play, Karachi erupting in riots, tickets getting stuck in the printing house, friends fighting, scandals, auditorium bookings, faculty grumbles ... you get the picture.

But the good news is. We're almost there. We're almost through.

I'd love to invite my readers but this play is restricted for Iqra University students only. The only non-IU crowd will be the guests, who have agreed to come to honor the ceremony: Anwar Maqsood and Azfar Ali. 

So pray for us, we're still wondering if the show must go on in the city of firing flies and saddened skies and terrified traffic and closed colleges (I realize I'm losing that poetic touch or maybe I'm sucking at alliterations right now). Doing something big and bureaucratic in Karachi is like stepping into quicksand without any idea if it's supposed to suck you in gradually or all at once. We have no idea how we are going to stage our show 3 days from now with the city conditions with the way they are. Thankfully, as I noted on the streets today, life is going back to normal but this is Karachi. No Pakistani or Amreeka-palat can expect anything normal for long.

13 comments:

Saadat said...

All the best, O Hitlerish Sociology and Psychology Teacher!

I'll need the video.

Mampi said...

Good Luck...

Majaz said...

Thanks, Mampi. Saadat, I'll be sure to put it on youtube!

Hira S. said...

life is going back to normal but this is Karachi. No Pakistani or Amreeka-palat can expect anything normal for long

Which by the way is why i love this place. It is an anarchist/fascist's (not sure how that's possible but it's what i think i am) dream come true!

karachiwali said...

goodluck! and yea looking forward to seeing the whole thing wen you upload it :)

Furhan said...

Play hogaya? How'd it go? I'd like to see it on youtube as well!

Majaz said...

Saturday aur Sunday ko hai, Furhan.

I'll definitely let yuo guys know when it's on Youtube and when its dvds are available.

asfand said...

gluck..

Z said...

(y) All the bestest best girl!

gh said...

so how was the show? uploading it on youtube after the stage performance won't be a bad idea.

Majaz said...

The first show went awesome. Azfar and Muneera Nadeem came. Tomorrow we are expecting Anwar Maqsood. I will definitely be youtubing it.

Hufsa said...

Awesome!! All the best!!
I'll be waiting to see your production as well!!

Zaheen Mushtaq said...

Majaz, tum chah raha karo bhie. Jab dehko bolti rehti hai.