The Burqa, The Bikini and Other Veils
What We Liked
What We Disliked
We are in the age of Paradox. An age where in daylight we hold rallies and mouth slogans for a better world for women, and then rape them, harass them, molest them, and worse of all, belittle them, at night.
It is the need of the day to rip the garb of hypocrisy and expose the true gore of the world of man. And 'The Burqa, The Bikini, and Other Veils' attempts to precisely that. In this age crowded with two faced felons, M.A.D or Mad About Drama's latest production dares hold its heart in the right place.
It was last performed in Boitanik on the 29th of June, in an attempt to raise funds for the treatment of a cancer patient. Written by Najrin Islam of Presidency University, it consists basically of six stories about six women, conveyed through monologues. The stories, about a prostitute, a partition victim, an erstwhile tomboy who's now a frustrated old lady, and a wife who has undergone abortion, may seem a tad cliched at times. But there is no denying their power. And if it does not penetrate society's thick skull, the so called cliches must be repeated again and again on stage. That is the need of the day.
The production, staged on a shoe string budget, deserves to be lauded. The acting overall is impressive. The peak of the cast is perhaps Najrin Islam, with her delivery spot on and expressions immaculate.
Anisha Mandal, as an announcer who is furious with the state of affairs, covers up her small glitches with acting of high quality.
Utsarjana Mutsuddi and Sharmishtha Pandey succeed to impress in their respective monologues. Ritwika Chowdhury makes a mark both with the snap that ends the play, as well as the dance sequences which mark the transitions. Tathagata Bhowmik creates a meditative ambience with the music, which is surprising keeping in mind his years. Subhrajyoti Basu's brilliant lighting completes the effect.
The last word be said, 'The Burqa, The Bikini and Other Veils' is what we need. Something which doesn't indulge in intellectual prostitution but, rather tells us on our face, how wrong we are most of the time.