Loko Natyadal (Siddheshwari) staged the 691st show of its production Kanjus at the Bengal Cultural Festival 2017 at Syed Mujtaba Ali Mancha in Sylhet city on Thursday evening.
The play has already made history as the most-staged theatre production in the country recently.
Based on playwright Molière’s world famous satirical comedy The Miser, Kanjus has been dramatised by Tariq Anam Khan and directed by Liaquat Ali Lucky.
Through situational satire, humour and crude slapstick, Kanjus weaves the story of two families living in Old Dhaka.
The story of the play is about a sixty-year-old very miserly person, Haider Ali. He does not wish to spend money even on his own son Kazim and daughter Laili. He has a big amount of money hidden in a pot in his garden.
The story of miser Haider Ali brings out some hidden negative tendencies of the elite people in a comic way. To make the play enjoyable, Tariq Anam has used the typical Dhakaia dialect (a mixture of Bangla and Urdu).
Kazim is in love with neighbour Marjina, while Laili has a relationship with Bodiuzzaman, actually son of Haider’s friend Aslam Beg. The plot of the play reaches a climax when Haider Ali himself plans to marry Marjina.
Meanwhile, another dramatic situation is created when Haider Ali’s hidden money gets stolen and the blame is falsely put on Bodiuzzaman by Kala Mia, the cook and rickshaw-puller of Haider.
In course of events, however, Haider Ali yields to his children’s choice only when Aslam Beg agrees to pay all the expenditure of the marriages.
The odd physical gestures and crude humorous dialogues in the dialect of Old Dhaka were the key sources of laughter in the play.
The cast of the show included Jebunnesa Sobhan, Ziauddin Biswas, Rubel Sankar, Masud Suman, Abdullah Mahmud Mamun, Abu Bakar Bakshi, Azizur Rahman Sujan, Shamima Islam Tusti, Mahbub Rabbi Tanay, Alif Sharif and Khadija Mostari Maheen, among others.