Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) The 6th Faiz International Festival will kick off today ( Friday 4 March) with Ajoka Theatre’s acclaimed play “Kaun Hai Ye Gustakh “. Written by Shahid Nadeem and directed by Madeeha Gauhar, the play is based on the life and stories of Saadat Hassan The play includes enacted extracts from Manto’s short stories and essays and the court cases registered against him on charges of pornography.
In the play Manto is visited by characters from his stories and essays like “Khuda Ki Qasam”, “Khol Do”, “Kal Saveray jo Ankh Meri Khuli”, “License”, “Letters to Uncle Sam”, Thanda Gosht” and “Toba Tek Singh”. The cast includes Naseem Abbas, Kamran Mujahid, Uzma Hassan, Usman Zia. Usman Chaudhry, Shizza Khan, Qaiser Khan and Umar Bhatti. The play will be performed at Alhamra Hall # 2 at 6.30 pm.