Theatre troupe Desh Natok organised a premiere show of its 22nd production Surgaon at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
Written and directed by Masum Reza, the play has an anti-war theme and shows how the powerful always try to exploit the poor and weak and take away what are rightfully theirs. War, to them, is just another means of exploitation.
The story is set in a village in which people live in harmony. One day, Asman, a fortune teller, has a vision in which it is revealed that Anal Fakir, the founder of the village who had disappeared some 180 years ago, is alive and coming back.
As it turns out, Anal Fakir is still alive and returns to the village with some souvenirs that he had received as gifts from prominent figures including Sir Thomas Moore, a queen of Babylon, Hindu mythological character Draupadi, and a friend of Socrates during his 180-year journey around the globe.
However, a group of security officials identifying themselves as members of Kaal Rokkhi appear in the village and arrest Anal Fakir, accusing him of stealing those artefacts.
As a result, a war breaks out between the Kaal Rokkhi and the supporters of Anal Fakir.
‘Kaal Rokkhi represents the powerful nations that impose unjust wars on weaker nations to grab their wealth and resources. Surgaon is thus about the eternal conflicts between good and evil, the powerful and the powerless,’ said Masum Reza.
Despite it serious political undertones, the play occasionally employs humorous elements to provide the audience with some comic relief.
For example, the funny dialogues exchanged between Panai and Bakka Beyapari throughout the play were quite amusing.
The premiere show of the production was attended by a houseful audience, many of whom praised the play.
‘It was a nice play that progresses through a simple, uncomplicated plot but provides a powerful message against wars, corruption and injustice. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it,’ said Rifat Zinat Zahan, an artist.