Asghar Wajahat’s ‘Jis Lahore Nahin Dekhiya O Jamiya Nayi’, directed by Arvind Gaur, is presented by Asmita Theatre Group. It is both an emotional story from those times as well as a strong comment on the then prevalent socio-political scene. Sikandar Mirza migrates to Pakistan and is allotted a Haweli by the custodian. He and his family are shocked to find the old Hindu landlady Ratan ki Maa – still in the house, who didn’t leave for India as many others did. A victim of hate, violence, and tragedy, she had lost everything but not the ability to give love and affection. The story charts the relationship of Ratan ki Maa with the Mirza family at one level. At another level, the story shows us how goons try to use religion against Rattan ki Maa for an ulterior motive. How priest are wooed to get legitimacy for their intentions and actions.
One day the old lady dies, and this is when the narrative reaches its climax demonstrating the clash of greed and fundamentalism versus sanity and love for fellow human beings.”