The Hindu Theatre Fest 2018

Aurat!Aurat!Aurat! - Produced by Motley and Directed by Naseeruddin Shah

An all-female cast enacts selections from Ismat Chughtai’s autobiography, and three other writings (Ek Shauhar ki Khaatir, Aadhi Aurat Aadha Khwab, and Soney ka Anda) which are essays or ruminations rather than stories. The works reflect Ismat apa’s abiding concern for the state of womanhood, her impatience with empty rituals and her anger at the condescension women are subjected to. Far from being a bra-burning man-hater, Ismat displays an amused fondness for masculine foibles and the same compassion for foolish manhood as she does for any woman of the oppressed class.

Playwright: Ismat Chughtai


Language/s:  Hindustani


Duration:  110 mins


Interval: Yes (10 mins)


Director: Naseeruddin Shah


Theatre group: Motley




Seema Pahwa, Bhavna Pani, Shruti Vyas, Trishla Patel, Prerna Chawla, Jaya Virlley, Dhruv Kalra,Vijay Tilani, Aniruddha Rawal

Director’s quote:


“When I discovered Ismat Chughtai’s writing, it was as if a treasure hoard had suddenly opened up in front of my eyes and within my grasp. Her chatty style of writing was so irresistible and there were so many resonances of her stories in my own extended family that I felt I intimately knew the people and the world she was writing about. Add to that the fact that as a short story writer, she is spoken of in the same breath as O Henry and W Somerset Maugham, and it will be no mystery why her ouvre will outlive many other writers of her generation. Her mellifluous language is easy on the ear and a delight to speak and I seriously suspect I will be staging a lot more of Ismat apa’s stories in the years to come.”


Suitable for mature audiences: 12 yrs+


Dates & Venue:


  • Chennai - Aug 10, 2018, Sir Mutha Concert Hall, Chetpet
  • Bengaluru - Aug 17, 2018, Chowdiah Memorial Hall,
  • Hyderabad - Aug 24, 2018, Ravindra Bharathi

Time: 7.30 pm



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