Natyajon stages Muntasir

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Apr 24,2019 | Updated: 22:15, Apr 23,2019

 
 

A scene from Muntasir. — Abdullah Apu

Theatre troupe Natyajon staged its acclaimed musical comedy play titled ‘Muntasir’ at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.
The play, written by late eminent playwright Selim Al Deen and directed by Selim Kamal, revolves around a materialistic and greedy businessman named Muntasir.
Muntasir’s greed knows no bound. Driven by indomitable urge to possess everything, he begins to swallow his materialistic possessions including expensive everyday objects, clothes and others.
He decides not to spend any money and stops paying his employees, who take to the streets demanding pending salaries. However, Muntasir pays no heed to their demands and continues to eat everything around him.
At one stage Muntasir, who becomes sick due to his strange eating habit, is admitted to the hospital where doctors open up his stomach only to find piles of undigested items including antics and objects of historic value.
The hospital authority decides to donate the valuable objects to Bangladesh National Museum.
Tabibul Islam Babu, Bijan Sarkar, Selim Kamal, Mohsin Shamim, Shahin Shibli, Ovi Pramanik, Shariful Islam, Al Imran, Roxi, Sheikh Khair Asha, Maya, Adif and Shanta, among others, have acted in the play.
‘Selim Al Deen tried to give us a glimpse into the life of a businessman he saw during 1970s. The play also satirises greedy people who are unhappy despite having a lot of wealth,’ director of the play, Selim Kamal, told New Age.

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