Anurag Theatre stages Objection Overruled

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:25, Dec 19,2020


A scene from Objection Overruled. — press release

Theatre troupe Anurag Theatre staged the second show of its play titled Objection Overruled at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.

The play, written and directed by Mahbub Alam, revolves around a woman who gets convicted for murder which she didn’t commit. It also aims at raising awareness about rape, violence against women and wrongful convictions.

‘We staged the second show of the play on Thursday. Though two plays by senior directors namely Syed Jamil Ahmed and Ananta Hira were staged in the capital on Thursday, a large audience came to watch our play. I am satisfied with the audience turnout,’ Mahbub Alam told New Age.

Objection Overruled is based on the true story of an Iranian woman named Reyhaneh Jabbari who was convicted of murdering a former Iranian intelligence officer named Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi. She was in prison from 2007 until her execution by hanging in October 2014 for killing her alleged assailant.

The play gives the audience a glimpse into the life of Reyhaneh Jabbari, an architecture graduate, who aspires to have a successful career.

She loves to talk about her goals with her friends. Sarabandi and Shekhi eavesdrop on her calls. Sarabandi approaches Reyhaneh about an interior design project.

When she visits the spot, Sarabandi tries to rape her. Sarabandi and Reyhaneh get into a fight and Sarabandi gets injured when he falls on a knife.

Reyhaneh manages to flee as Shekhi enters the room. Shekhi and Sarabandi fight with each other and Sarabandi passes away. Police arrests Reyhaneh in allegation of murdering Sarabandi.

Though there is no evidence against her, the judge awards her death sentence for killing Sarabandi.

The play ends with Reyhaneh saying, ‘If we want to change the society, we will have to change ourselves.’

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