Sons of Babur
A highly praised play on the era & aura of the Mughals through the eyes of the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, based on book written by Salam Khurshid & directed by Tom Alter.
Written & Directed by – Dr. M Sayeed Alam, Theatre group – Pierrot troupe
It is the first ever ; a theatrical equivalent of Mughal-e Azam; a highly entertaining account of the ‘World’ of Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb, laid open to the audience from far off Rangoon by the last and deposed Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar, played by the one and only Tom Alter, the master of acting, Urdu and history.
The play is written by noted politician-writer and the former External Affairs Minister of India, Salman Khurshid. It has been adapted by Sahitya Akademi Award winner Ather Farouqui and directed by Dr M. Sayeed Alam, known for his penchant for humorous and historic plays.
The two-hour play is about Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor, languishing in exile in Rangoon. In the play, Rudranath Mitra, an ardent admirer of ‘Zafar’ and a student of history, is seeking a grant to visit Zafar’s grave in Myanmar (Burma) for his research work. He has a supernatural experience, in which he meets ‘Zafar’ in person. From there, the play swings between fantasy and reality, past and present, logic and emotion, fact and fiction. In response to Rudranath’s quest and explicit admiration, he is taken on a guided tour by Zafar through various milestone events of the Mughal era. They effortlessly slide into the world of Babur, Humayun, Akbar, Jahangir, Shahjahan and Aurangzeb, all seen directing the course of medieval India.
The play is produced by Pierrot’s Troupe — the purveyor of innumerable original, incisive and topical plays, from Ghalib In New Delhi to K L Saigal to Maulana Azad.
Directed by – Dr. M Sayeed Alam
Theatre group – Pierrot troupe
Himanshu Srivastava – Rudranshu Sen Gupta
Manish Singh – Aftaab, Peer-o-Murshid, Darbaari
Tanay Tarny – Badshah Shah Jahan
Gaurang Mohan – Bairam Khan, Etmad-ud Daula
Rajesh Singh – Saqi, Abul Fazal, Shahzada Khurram
Nishant Saini – Badshah Humayun, Asaf Khan,
Sahir Dagar – Prabhat, Doctor, Mulla Do Pyaza
Prakhar Chabbra – Shahzadah Akbar
Set : Anmol, Rajnessh
Playwright – Salman Khurshid
Direction – Tom Alter
Lights – Vibhav Srivastava
Sound – Jasdkiran Chopra
Sets – Ajay Sharma
Costumes – Jamazeb
Makeup – Harish Chabbra
Production – Sanjay Gupta
Play Genre – Serious, drama
Duration – 120 mins
Language – English
Subtitles – NA
Play release date – 23-Sept-2016