Though language might be territorial, people loving or practicing it cannot be primarily tagged to the religion of the region. Aftab portrays the journey of a professor, whose immense love for Urdu literature gets misinterpreted by the society. Though he is born and brought up in this country he is demarcated a terrorist cause his predilection to Urdu and his progeny. A section of political strongmen looking for easy publicity and money imprison him. He is tortured and forced to sign a confession confirming his radical Islamic links, which he never does. The society and the press come forward against this political oppression. Aftab is released. The international fraternity awards him for his Urdu writings, and he represents his country. He proves that “Language has no religion.”
The one-hour presentation by Jadavpur Spandan Natyo Sangha addressing a strong social issue was a delight a watch. The young team pulled it off well and I am sure they would better in the days to come. A more original soundtrack would have added a different dimension to the play. Abheek Chattopadhayay, Saikat Chakraborty, Pralipta Mukherjee, Sourav Roy, Ratul Baidya, Sreemayee Paul, Tathagata Chatterjee and Ayaan Banerjee were great on stage. I am sure Team Aftab will excel in the days to come. We wish the play reaches out to a wider audience and disseminate the message within.
Production: Jadavpur Spandan Natyo Sangha
Written and Directed By: Saikat Chakraborty
Cast: Abheek Chattopadhayay, Pralipta Mukherjee, Sourav Roy, Ratul Baidya, Sreemayee Paul, Tathagata Chatterjee and Ayaan Banerjee