/A Hindi play that held a mirror to our society

A Hindi play that held a mirror to our society


Directed by Sandeep Sahu, the socially-relevant play Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga was staged in Hyderabad recently…

Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga, a play written by Mrinal Pandey, known for his rich contributions towards Hindi literature, was staged in the city amid a packed audience. This drama put forward several poignant questions related to the marketisation of our art-culture, highlighting its clever language-craft and many visual images of folklore.

The play tried to drive the fact that all values like art, beauty, love and tradition are being negotiated, and that several white-pots are involved in this deal at the national and international levels. Chor Nikal Ke Bhaga’s essence was highlighted through an incident of theft of a monument known to us as a symbol of love and beauty.

The fantasy element in the theme was brought out with much success, as it underlined the dangers of human values whose success will make all the artistic achievements of mankind fruitless. The story was built around those characters who perform theatre, those who have either lived the theatre as a whole or are debuting in this genre.

The drama was appreciated for its ability to present serious meanings in its landscape while not missing out on the seriousness of life, humour, anger, quarrel, and lust. While the director Sandeep Sahu handled the delicate theme with much sensitivity, the 90-minute long Hindi play was produced by Ratna Shekhar.

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Srivathsan Nadadhur is an engineer-turned-journalist who has contributed reports for leading media publications like The Hindu, Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, The News Minute and Deccan Herald. He primarily writes on entertainment, art, culture and technology. When he's not working, he can be spotted at a movie premiere, reading a novel or writing poems.