Bou Basanti: a war play with atypical plot

Staff Correspondent | Published at 07:44pm on September 11, 2018

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Bangladesh Udichi Shilpighosthi stages Bou Basanti at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday. –Snigdha Zaman

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpighosthi staged its acclaimed production Bou Basanti at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Monday.

Written by Ratan Siddique and directed by Azad Abul Kalam, the play features narratives of the folks on the backdrop of the liberation war of 1971 with an atypical storyline.

The impact of the liberation war on the flamboyant rural life has been depicted in the play, which does not show any war scene rather depicts reactions of the mass people listening to the war news from the radio broadcasts.

The play centers around two sassy thieves named Badar and Manu one whom stole the radio and took it at the village. It also gives the message that just after the independence some people again dreamt of reuniting with Pakistan.

But, everything related to the war appears in very funny ways: through the depiction Badar’s love affair with Rizia, Badar and Manu’s petty fights with Sekandar, son of the village leader and others.

The message of the play has however been presented making a contrast between the first scene and the last scene of the play. In the first scene, an assistant of a tailor shop suddenly makes a flag of Bangladesh when everyone else was making flags of Pakistan while in the last scene one of the assistants again unwittingly makes a flag of Pakistan when everyone was making flags of Bangladesh.

 The contrast in the two scenes shows that during the time when Bangladesh was part of Pakistan, there were people who craved for liberation and after the liberation there are people who are against the liberation.

Ratan Dev, Anwarul Haque, Maruf Rahman, Shahidul Alam Dipu, Fahmida Haque Koly, Ashrafunnahar Mala and others acted in the play.