Five reasons to watch theatre play ‘Bhai, Bhai’

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In the first week of February, Karachi will play host to Tahir Entertainments’ Bhai Bhai ­– a desi version of Sam Shepard’s iconic comedy True West. The play will be directed by Hollywood veteran Faran Tahir who will certainly use all his Broadway experience to raise the bar of theatre in the country. The play might not have a huge cast (in numbers) but it’s gigantic if you think of it in terms of talent. At National Courier, we managed to shortlist some of the points that might be considered pros and will compel you to watch the play when it is staged at the Arts Council later this week. Read on:

Faran Tahir – Performing For The First Time In Karachi

No Pakistani actor has worked as much as Faran Tahir in Hollywood, that too in prominent roles in the last 20 years. He was the villain in one of the episodes of The Blacklist who stood his ground opposite the mighty James Spader; he was the antagonist who made Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark make an Iron Man suit and escape from Afghanistan; be it playing the President in Elysium and Scandal, the third accomplice to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone in Escape Plan, the Army Officer in Charlie Wilson’s War and above all, Captain Robau of the USS Kelvin in the reboot of Star Trek, Faran Tahir has done what many of us in Pakistan dream to achieve. He has a vast experience of Broadway theatre which will certainly help us since theatre here is in desperate need of good content and actors. With a Hollywood veteran at the helm both as a director and actor, Bhai Bhai already has our curiosity, all it needs is our attention.

Ali Tahir – When Johnny Becomes Boney!

Ali Tahir is one of the finest actors we have who can play any kind of role at the drop of the hat. He has now turned to direction but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t that enthusiastic about acting; from the days of Teen Bata Teen where he played the super cool Johnny to his latest role of Boney in Bhai Bhai, he has entertained nearly two generations of viewers. In this play, he will portray the brother in trouble who has to complete a script for Netflix and is more than thankful to his elder brother who arrives in time to help him with the screenplay, until he completely takes over and shuts Boney out. How Ali Tahir essays the role is up to him but we all know that he will give his 100% to the characterization.

Hina Dilpazir – ‘Momo’ Is Here To Stay

Last year Hina Dilpazir appeared in 7 Din Mohabbat In and Donkey King and both films did well in cinemas; now it’s her turn to make her debut in theatre and surprise us with the enormous talent she has. For an actress who is known as Bushra Ansari 2.0 for her versatility and ability to become any character, working with the Tahir brothers will be a challenge as well as an opportunity to do something that she hasn’t done before.

Aamir Qureshi – Going With The Flow

You have seen him as a bad guy in films, he portrays shady characters on TV but Aamir Qureshi is a multitalented music composer who likes to write, act and direct, besides hosting too. He was not only the first Pakistani to appear as a host on Satellite TV but not many know that he is the son of Mustafa Qureshi, the eternal villain of Pakistani cinema. In this play, he will play Ali Tahir’s friend, something he is in real life and the two childhood buddies who always wanted to work together finally get the chance to do so in a play directed by the Big Brother!

Faran and Ali Tahir – Taking The Legacy Forward

They may be the children of TV veterans Naeem and Yasmin Tahir, but with Bhai Bhai, both Faran and Ali will take the legacy of their maternal grandfather Imtiaz Ali Taj forward. The late playwright was not only one of the pioneers of Urdu theatre in United India but also had a huge role to play in making theatre popular in the newly-created Pakistan. In fact, the Bollywood classic Mughal-e-Azam was based on his stage play Anarkali whereas kids still study Begum Ki Billi and Chacha Chakkan Ne Tasveer Tangi in schools. Who would have known that his own grandsons will become so popular in Pakistan and in Hollywood, and one day will return to theatre in Karachi to perform for the very people he used to write – the audience.