Actor Sarmad Khoosat’s captivating performance in the play No Time to Sleep is the talk of the town, ever since it has been aired on October 10. The 24 hour live stream was covered by national and international media and was well-received by its viewers. The play exquisitely depicts the last day of the life of a prisoner before being beheaded.
Sarmad Khoosat playing the role of Zulfiqar, AKA Z was seen soundlessly sitting in his cell, alone,waiting to be executed. Prisoner Z’s life revolves around Zulfiqar Ali Khan, who spent almost 17 years on death row. Through his acting, Sarmad Khoosat perfectly depicts the trauma and tragedy which is associated with capital punishment. In addition, No Time to Sleep exhibits how effective silence can be in communicating strong emotions. The show gained momentum and became trending on Twitter soon after being aired. Khoosat’s acting seemed so convincing that it had some people confused whether it was real or fake. Some of the most moving moments of Khoosat’s acting were the ones in which he was silent. The audience was able to make sense of what was happening to the prisoner, and felt as if they were a part of the happenings of the play. The claustrophobic setting was overpowering. Perhaps this was a way to make people think and talk about things as serious as serious as capital punishments, and the way it affects its victims.
Besides this, No Time to Sleep manifests how time seems to be standing still for Prisoner Z, while at the same time he is running out of time. It won’t be wrong to say that “No Time to Sleep” is a beautiful exposition of intricate sentiments combined with Sarmad’s astounding acting skills.