sandinmytoes
1421892711420701
Loading...

Aurangzeb: A play about the zealous Mughal

Natwa Theatre brought us a theatrical performance entitled Aurangzeb, here in New Delhi yesterday. What is interesting is that the play was written in Tamil originally 33 years ago. I saw the recent Urdu version written by Shahid Anwar and directed by K S Rajendran.

What we witnessed was a riveting performance by Mahendra Mewati as Aurangzeb who is written down in history as an intolerant tyrant. But was he really that? Yes, he committed acts of oppression but we also learn that Aurangzeb had his heart in the right place. He loved his father Shah Jahan (played by Sanjay Gautam) who neglected him all his life. He sees Shah Jahan and his brother Dara Shukoh (played by actor and Sansani host, Shrivardhan Trivedi) as transgressors of Islam for their excesses. For him, ruling is all about providing subjects with their daily living instead of wasting money on building grand monuments. Ultimately, Aurangzeb questions himself in his declining years: is he really a murderer of hundreds? Is he not a pious person? Has he forgotten the beauty of life's little pleasures?

Mewati and Trivedi are passionate actors and you can see it in their eyes as they seem to speak from the soul of the characters. Anwar's dialogues are full of vigour and bespeak the full-bloodedness of Mughals. Laxmi Rawat is believable as the manipulative Roshan Ara who is consumed by jealousy of her beautiful sister Jahan Ara (played by Manleen Kaur). The actors spoke impeccable Urdu and the lighting matched the mood perfectly.

There is more to Aurangzeb than a historical drama. Often, the dialogues echo the reality of our country today, such as "Mazhab aur siasat ko alag nahin kiya jaa sakta." So, on the one hand we have rulers like Shah Jahan who don't give a damn about people and dream of building monuments by imposing more taxes saying, "Aani wali pushtein un logon ki qurbani yaad karengi". On the other, we have Aurangzeb who considers all non-Muslims as transgressors and refuses to see beyond that. Dara is the 'secular' voice in the play who accepts all religions but is no politician and therefore, loses his right to the throne.

Overall, a commendable production by Rajendran which deserves a standing ovation, and it got one too. There's a repeat performance of the play today at Shri Ram Centre Delhi at 7 pm.

P.S.: I wonder why the brochure shied away from calling the play an Urdu translation when it was clearly one and chose the term "Hindustani" instead?

Visit Natwa Theatre website for details.
Events 8323730772785815314

Post a Comment Comment via Blogger Comment via Disqus

7 comments

Adonis said...

In response to your question in post script:
Five or six years ago there was a great fuss about few Hindi-Urdu Mixed Plays and eventually it was decided that, such disputed play will neither be called a Hindi Play nor an Urdu Play because both the languages cannot be used in its purest form in theatre. All the Hindi plays will have some words of Urdu and vice versa. Hence the term Hindustani came into play.

Gugan said...

Good to know plays like this are being organised in the city of delhi which was once the capital of mughal empire.

Rohit Malik said...

quote
He sees Shah Jahan and his brother Dara Shukoh (played by actor and Sansani host, Shrivardhan Trivedi) as transgressors of Islam for their excesses. For him, ruling is all about providing subjects with their daily living instead of wasting money on building grand monuments.
unquote

Building monument is something which only someone can do who has risen above the materialistic needs( vice versa is also true in many cases but not so with shahjahan ) ....so, i don't see anything wrong in that.
...poor people will always be there & monument like tajmahal can't be compared with today's shopping malls. ;-)
Monuments are wonderful piece of art & not in conflict with social welfare...everything is in plenty on this planet & it just requires proper distribution of resources.

I hope i makes some sense!

;-)

kartik said...

hey tarana,
its really gud 2 see d reviews of 2 my plays in ur blog-city of djinns n aurangzeb..well i was not a part of auranzeb in d earlier shows(in april) but now d play is been again staged at d NSD theare fest.bharat rang mahotsav..bhaarangam on 8th jan at kamani and 15th at nehru centre,mumbai n yes dis time i am a part of it..did u see our last play-fiddler on d roof?

Anonymous said...

hey


just signed up and wanted to say hello while I read through the posts


hopefully this is just what im looking for looks like i have a lot to read.

Anonymous said...

Took me time to read the whole article, the article is great but the comments bring more brainstorm ideas, thanks.

- Johnson

Anonymous said...

I always motivated by you, your thoughts and attitude, again, appreciate for this nice post.

- Norman

Tell me what you think about this post!

emo-but-icon

Home item

All Published Posts

Contact Tarana @ Sand In My Toes

Name

Email *

Message *

Get parenting tips & craft ideas in your inbox!

Subscribe to:

Popular this week

Recent Posts

Proud Member

Kid Blogger Network on Pinterest: crafts, activities and more from babies to big kids!