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Adaptation of Saadat Hasan Manto’s Kaali Shalwar on stage

A group of young actors present the darker side of life in an adaptation of Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto’s Kaali Shalwar

art and culture Updated: Nov 08, 2012 01:48 IST
Chetna Dua

All those who like to explore the dark side of life can get a closer look at it through the performance of a stage play titled Kaali Shalwar in the city today. Adapted from 50s writer Saadat Hassan Manto’s play of the same name, Kaali Shalwar looks at the smaller desires of a woman irrespective of her age, class or profession.

Presented by The Film and Theatre Society, the play highlights the length a woman can go to in order to get what she wants. “The play revolves around Sultana — a young prostitute and her desire to get a black salwar for Muharram,” says Atul Satya Koushik, the 27-year- old-director of the play. “When Sultana does not get what she wants, she becomes really sad,” says Isha Uppal, 21, who plays the role of Sultana in the play. The play has a cast of 12 actors in the age group of 19-25 years.

Though an adaptation, more than 70% of the dialogues on stage are the same as the original writing by Manto due to their relevance even in the 21st century. “Irrespective of which class of society a lady belongs to — the upper class or ostracized sex workers, they expect similar things from life. They discuss clothes for festivals, want to wear matching jewellery and dream of a prince charming who understands and respects them. Kaali Shalwar brings these similarities to light,” says Koushik.

Catch it here
Play- Kaali Shalwar
When: November 8, 7pm
Tickets: Rs 200, available at

The venue
Where: Alliance Francaise de Delhi
NEAREST METRO STATION: Khan Market on the Yellow Line