For the first time ever, the UAE will host the popular and thought-provoking serious satire 'Sons of Babur' written by Salman Khurshid, India's noted author, lawyer and politician. The play is part of 'Mughal Night' and will be staged along with another popular comedy 'Ghalib in New Delhi'. Both the plays will be staged by Pierrot Troupe and are part of comedy night with 'Sons of Babur' being a satire and 'Ghalib in New Delhi' a typical comedy.
In these times, when several theatre groups resort to slapstick comedy Pierrot Troupe stages comedy plays with history and literature as their mainstay. The language of the plays is Urdu and targets mostly Indian and Pakistani audience who share a common history. 'Sons of Babur' is written by noted legal luminary, politician-writer and former External Affairs Minister of India, Salman Khurshid. It is first ever play on the era and aura of the Mughals. It has been adapted by India's prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award winner Ather Farouqui and directed by Dr M Sayeed Alam, known for his penchant for historic and humorous plays. Renowned Bollywood actor Tom Alter used to play the lead role before his demise in 2017.
Another play 'Ghalib in New Delhi' is hugely popular and this rip-roaring comedy has the great erstwhile Urdu poet, Mirza Ghalib, revisiting his beloved ‘Dehli’, now ironically ‘Delhi’, in 2017 to witness and relish his posthumous fame. The entire plot revolves around Ghalib striving against an omnipotent identity crisis, beginning with the occupants of his ‘Haveli’ mistaking him as Ghalib’s ‘Jinn’. In desperate need of recognition, Ghalib decides to ‘sell’ himself. The consequent press conference turns out to be a damp squib with the journalists being more interested in post-conference snacks and juicy headlines. What is the fate of Ghalib? Does his rebirth spell further disaster? Is Delhi a mere travesty of his hopes and aspirations? The answer lies in watching Ghalib in New Delhi, a laugh riot posing some serious questions about the stagnating codes.
- Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 12:00 to Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 00:00
- Friday, January 18, 2019 - 19:00 to 22:00