Pakistan Aur Alzheimers has been hailed as the ‘Unique play of the Decade’, as it brings together two ‘Thespians’ of Indian Theatre to bring an unforgettable Theatre experience.
It has been written and directed by the Theatre Genius Dr M Sayeed Alam, the real “purveyor” of original plays from India but performed worldwide, including Ghalib, K. L. Saigal, Ghalib in New Delhi, Maulana Azad, Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushairah, Big B to name a few.
Saleem Shah, an Actor with a chequered career on Stage, Films and Television plays the sole protagonist of the play, a 90-year-old Alzheimer patient.
This is his lifetime best performance, notwithstanding the fact that he has always received huge adulation for his performances in movies like ‘English August’, ‘Sarfarosh’, ‘Fanaa’, ‘Naseem’, ‘Socha Na Tha’ etc. and hugely popular television serials ‘Just Mohabbat’, ‘Kyunki Saas bhi kabhi Bahu Thi’, ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Ki’, ‘Adaalat’, ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’ and many many more.
The story unfolds in the form of the protagonist recalling the partition and it’s side-effects, in a funny and factually incorrect manner, as he suffers from the Alzheimer’s, making the audiences laugh without pause.
It is in this long journey that Saleem Shah's talent is put to the crucible and he passes the test with elan, neither allowing the audiences to slip into sorrow nor making it so light-hearted that it could be just another satire.
It is a play that has to be watched at least once in your lifetime!