Shah Sharabeel’s latest musical extravaganza ‘Twins Apart’ is about two twin brothers separated at birth
KARACHI: Shah Sharabeel’s latest theatre production Twins Apart media night at the Karachi Arts Council. While it marks the director’s return to stage after a few years, it also features actor Umer Naru’s theatre comeback with this Urdu musical.
Having performed onstage abroad in the critically acclaimed Taming of the Shrew at the Globe Theatre in 2012, Umer essays the lead role of Esa in Twins Apart.
Twins Apart is a serious comedy play based on real story and dark experience of the society. The story of a play starts from the two twin boys of poor women “ESSA” and “MOOSA”. She worked as a cleaner in her owner house. The husband of this working woman is using drugs and unable to take care of his family.
Once the house owner knows her servant is pregnant with the two baby boys she demands her to adopt one child. Then later on after the birth of children she is forcing her servant to take money and leave job from her house and go far away. The children later on grow up and becomes friends of each other. Once the mother of adopted child knows that her boy meet his real mother “Safia”, she change the house and shifted to a new place.
After 14 years both boys remember each other on every occasion of life and they meet in “Pepsi Battle of the band”. The adopted boy again tells his mother to meet the family of her servant so the twist of the story is started again and later on Parents of this boy forcefully send him to UK. The other poor family boy have no job after the marriage and he don’t have money to give his wife then elder brother force him to do criminal activities.
Once they were snaching the money and mobile the police they had to face the police encounter the elder brother got success in running away while younger brother was caught Red handed on the spot. He was being send to the jail and start using drugs. After releasing from the jail unfortunately he is a habitual of using drugs and start fight with his wife then suddenly his wife knows that his husband friend has come back from the UK so she decided to meet him for the treatment of her husband.
While she was going to meet him she was crying badly and his husband friend trying to convince her the moment caught by the elder brother “Raju” and showed this moment to his younger brother because he is looking for a reason to back home again. When “Essa” saw his wife to “Moosa” he decide to kill his friend and start firing during the concert. Again the story take another turn and family and police gather together. Looking for the critical situation of their children they decide to break the promise and silent and told the boys about the reality they were shocked but suddenly two bullets from somewhere hit them and they lost their lives they unlucky brothers were no more.
Speaking of his character, Umer says, “I’m playing one of the two brothers, Esa; he is a person with a pure heart and has been brought up by an upper-class family. He grows up to be an aspiring musician. The character is relatively subtle; he is calm and collected, which makes the character challenging to portray convincingly.”
“We rehearse at least 8 to 9 hours on weekdays and 10 to 12 hours on weekends,” read the press release. “There is no time for anything else. I have been exhausting myself to sleep for the past two months and I love it.”
Produced under the banner of Stage Nomads, Twins Apart follows the lives of twin brothers who were separated at birth and were forced to live away from each other. The play is currently running at the Arts Council in Karachi and will also head to Lahore and Islamabad in the coming months.