Nawab Sahib Kibla at the Arts Council

Written in 1940 by Rafi Peer, Usman Peerzada brings to life the story of Nawab Sahib Kibla starring Mohammad Qavi Khan, Javaid Rizvi, Mehreen Rafi and himself for 6 days at the Arts Council. Tickets at Rs.1000 are available for purchase from Agha’s Supermarket and Copper Kettle and proceeds from the sales will go towards The Citizen’s Foundation. The show started promptly at 930pm and shockingly, just one cellphone ringtone went off, but then that was before the MC made the announcement to remind the audience of the simple etiquettes, so we can let that one go.

The performance went on for about 55 minutes and was fairly average – One has seen better performances light up in the spotlight of the Arts Council stage, and had it not been for a vacant Sunday and the TCF incentive, I doubt the experience was worth the while. I got a few minutes of the banter on video though the gist of the story is this: Nawab is a foolish man who has to sell his estate – the buyer, unknownst to the Nawab, is his loyal servant, who has been wise and saved his earnings. Sure the performance is worth the humour and the great acting, but seemed to be an abridged version of the story since by the time they took their bow, we were still expecting a more defined conclusion to the storyline.

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