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Saadhay 14 August

Legendary playwright Anwar Maqsood’s much-awaited theater play Saadhay 14 August is all set to premiere on stage at the Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP), Karachi, on this Independence Day.

The official announcement was made on the ACP Instagram page with an open call for booking.

“Catch the true essence of Independence this August with the final part of the theatrical masterpiece trilogy, Anwar Maqsood’s Saadhay 14 August as this year marks Pakistan’s 75th Independence Day,” the caption read.

The 1-minute 33-second teaser clip of the play shows a photographer trying to capture a picture of Gandhi and Jinnah together, however they are adamant to not sit close. In order to fill the empty space, he asks the writer of the play, Anwar Maqsood, to sit in between.

Earlier in a press conference in February, Anwar Maqsood spoke about the subject of 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 — India, Pakistan, Bangladesh. If this was still a country at this point in time, then how big a state that would be. You will have to watch it to find out what happens.”

Anwar Maqsood has previously written Poonay 14 August in 2011. Three years later, he wrote Sawa 14 August, and now it seems it is the turn of the next in the series.

Saadhay 14 August is directed by Dawar Mehmood. It is a joint production of KopyKats and Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.

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