“Umrao” a play adapted by theatre director Hidayat Sami from the the book written by Mirza Muhammed Hadi Ruswa will be playing in the city of Mumbai at Prithvi this weekend.
Who is Umrao and why does her tale need to be told again and again ? Umrao supposedly is the first feminist female protagonist of the Urdu literature. She is a little girl abducted for vendetta from outside her house. She is a girl sold to a madam for some loose change. She is a young woman who learns very early in life that she would have to earn her keep. She is an old woman who wonders despite the riches she enjoyed, the silks she wore and the asharfis she hoarded away, what was her life worth?