Aakhiri Nazm – an attempt to revive a lost genre!
To write a play one has to understand the basic nuances of playwriting. The fundamental structure of drama, language of different characters, their exits and entries, their mutual relationships and the attitude they have towards one another etc. Syed Bilal has been in the Theatre Circuit for five years now and has understood the needs of playwriting keenly. His first play was Jhagda, a representation of story by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. No doubt working sincerely for such a long time always pays off.
Syed Bilal has now written his first full-fledged play, Aakhiri Nazm. When translated into English, Aakhiri Nazm means Last Verse. The language of the play is lyrical. An easy to understand Urdu has been used so that even commoners can get hold of the drama.
Poetry part of the play is as enthralling as the prose section. The conflict comes into the play from the dialogues whereas poems try to create a soothing effect on the audience. This kind of a poetic drama comes as a breeze of fresh air when most of the theatre practitioners are either staging stories or repeating the same golden oldies. Even the film industry lacks good writers which has prompted a flood of remakes of old age films and mindless sequels are coming out of every production house for every hit film.
There have been so many plays, stories and movies on Hindu-Muslim harmony but this play does not contain any political or communal undertone to it. It only puts the perspective of the two lovers who are madly in love with each other. Firstly, fate separates them in their childhood and now the so-called contractors of religion and society are trying the same with their lives. Is it not the predicament of lovers in most parts of our society even in the 21st century?
The importance of storytelling, where grandparents are involved in storytelling and shaping the children into responsible kids is what our generation misses. We just have forgotten the very important point that the stories have been an essential part of our lives since ancient times. Be it Panchtantra, or the Amar Chitra Katha, they have all been a guide for every kid to understand life, friendship, relations and what not.
The play not only showcases the bitter truth of our society but also bares the weaknesses we always had and probably will always keep on nurturing. Why do we have to know the religion, caste and status of others to make a relationship with them? Why doesn’t the society accept the decision of two individuals who are in love whereas almost readily believes in one person who wants to kill someone from another community? Will the time come when societal acceptance will not be a bar for two people to fall in love? Will the time come when we will learn to be tolerant enough to respect a couple’s decision?
May be, or May be never… The questions remain…