With ‘Dangal’ posters released, buzz expected in Lahore for sports fans in Pakistan.

While Indian films are hard hit with bans and protests in Pakistan, Bollywood film ‘Dangal’ too lost in the race to be screened across the border.

But there’s good news for sports lovers in Pakistan. ‘Tamseel’ a popular Lahore-based theatre group is depicting ‘Dangal’ on stage which is sure to cause frenzy among the sports fans.

While wrestling for women is a state of complete no-no in the country of Pakistan, the ‘dhakaad queens’ — Geeta and Babita Phogat — through their sport have sent a strong message that of gender equality.

Tamaseel, has recreated the film ‘Dangal’ as a play for the fans who missed the blockbuster film in Pakistan’s movie theatres. Interestingly, an ‘aakhara’ (wrestling ground) has also been constructed specifically to enact the scenes showing the wrestling matches.

Pakistani stage actor Naseem Vicky would be playing the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat. Naseem Vicky has been absorbing the Indian colors with his active participation in the famous TV show ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’.

Theatre has been ‘the’ platform since ages for performing arts. With the concept of modernisation, many techniques of entertainment got eroded, but theatre continues to remain deep rooted in many countries.

The theatre group, Tamaseel in the past too has actively re-created Hindi movies. ‘Devdas’, ‘PK’ and ‘Tere Naam’ are some of their works that have surely blurred geographical boundaries between India and Pakistan.

“While the people-to-people exchange is blossoming across both the nations, we welcome such artistic exchanges that blend well with the need of the hour”, reiterated Mian Yousaf Sallahuddin, eminent philanthropist, art connoisseur and grandson of the great Urdu poet Allama Iqbal in an exclusive telephonic chat with NewsX from Lahore.

This move is expected to not only outgrow the number of wrestling fans in Pakistan but to also draw the attention of women towards the sport.

The recent release of ‘Dangal’ in India not only broke records commercially but also etched the hard work and challenging life of Mahavir Phogat.

It’s time now that the story of Phogat’s glory reaches Pakistan in a BIG way, even if it gets to be showcased on a theater stage!

First Published | 25 February 2017 11:35 PM
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