Theatre troupe Batighar premiered its play The Radcliffe Line depicting how international borders shape and influence human lives on Friday at Studio Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
The play, written and directed by Muktonil, portrays how an imaginary line between two nations influence and dehumanise the people at the border.
‘We all know that borders divide us. But what we usually ignore is that borders also dehumanise people. In Radcliffe Line, I have tried to show how international borders separate people and strip them of humanity’, said Muktonil.
The play revolves around an encounter between two soldiers of Border Guards Bangladesh and Border Security Force of India. The soldiers namely Jamal of BGB and Hiralal of BSF chase a cow grasing on no man’s land.
While chasing the cow from opposite sides of the Radcliffe Line, which divides Bangladesh and India, the soldiers find a tunnel under the border fence.
Inside the tunnel, Jamal and Hiralal face each other and soon they begin to fight. After hours of fighting, the tired soldiers start a conversation and realise how similar their lives are. They talk about their backgrounds, their love for their respective families and other things.
Both of them realise that they have been dehumanised by an imaginary line which has stripped them of their humanity.
The play, however, does not end with the two soldiers becoming friends. They are killed by long range shots fired by an unknown marksman.
Batighar artistes Ahmed shru, Safin, Smaran Biswas, Shishir Sarkar and Sanjoy Halder acted in the play.
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