Aurat! Aurat!! Aurat!!!
Seema Pahwa, Bhavna Pani, Trishla Patel, Jaya Virlley, Prerna Chawla, Shruti Vyas, Saahil Vaid, Dhruv Karla
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.
'When I discovered Ismat Chughtais 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 oeuvre 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."