Theatre buffs will get a taste of Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist on Sunday as Swatantra Theatre is set to stage Dhool Me Lipta Sach, an adaptation of the play. Fo is an Italian playwright who won the Nobel Prize for literature.
The incidents by which the plays are inspired may have taken place in two different countries, but the morbid similarity that links them is undoubtedly shocking.
According to theatre director Abhijeet Choudhary, "Somewhere around the year 1987-1988, the Delhi police claimed to have arrested an alleged terrorist. The supposed criminal fell to his death from the fourth floor of a building. However, a journalist later investigated the case as it seemed that the man's death was not really an accident."
Similarly, Fo's play Accidental Death of an Anarchist is based on events that occurred in Italy in the late 1960s. It is about an anarchist who fell to his death from the fourth floor of a building. The man was being held in police custody following the bombing of a Milan bank. The Italian police asserted that it was a case of suicide. However, many Italians believed that the death was caused by harsh investigation methods on part of the cops.
In a nutshell, Dhool Me Lipta Sach is loosely based around the incident that took place in Delhi and also aims to highlight the corruption that plagues the country's police force. The play has been written by Amitabh Srivastav who works at the National School of Drama (NSD) and directed by Abhijeet.
The cast comprises of Aditya Alankar, Assem Dubey, Abhijeet, Jitendra, Dhanashree and Rakesh.
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