Theatre criticises social anomalies

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:47, Apr 19,2018


Motijheel Theatre Circle stages s Kalakal at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday. — Snigdha Zaman

Theatre troupe Motijheel Theatre Circle staged Kalakal, a comedy satirising social anomalies, at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Wednesday.

Kalakal, written and directed by Sadeq Bachchu, depicts how the powerful and even the poor contribute to the degradation of moral and social values in society.

The play, through comic scenes and interactions between people of different social classes, shows how different people in society from housemaids to beggars, from politicians to doctors and teachers all are running after undue benefits neglecting their duties.

‘Everyone in society, it seems, is running after undue benefits. Teachers are neglecting their students in the classrooms and focusing more on running coaching centres, politicians are more into filling their own coffers than helping the people and even beggars are deceiving people. Kalakal satirises all these anomalies through comic scenes’, said director-playwright Sadeq Bachchu, who also played the character of a police officer in the play.

The play opens with people living in a mohalla discussing about the problems they are facing.

They talk about how they are suffering due to shortage of water, gas and electricity supply, undue fees in schools, police corruption, neglect of politicians and others.

Through the conversations, the play depicts how the mass people are being deprived of basic facilities due to corruption in every stratum of society.

Motijheel Theatre Circle artistes Sadeq Bachchu, Muna Akhter, Shahin, Mokhles, Habib, Afsar and others acted in the play, which was premiered in November last year.

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