Bohipeer: A Theatre Review

Bohipeer: A Theatre Review

Synopsis: Bohipeer, brought to you by DRAMMAR depicts the story of five individuals who crosses path after a cyclone in a Zamindar’s Bajra. The Zamindar (land lord) who was travelling with his wife and son comes across the boat of a Bohipeer ( a religious Godman) and rescues him and his servant by giving them room on his Bajra. Unknown to them, in the same bajra travels a young maiden who was forcibly given to the Peer in marriage but showing remarkable strength and determination she ran away from an unhappy and unwanted life right before her wedding. She too was rescued and given shelter by the landlord’s family.

Having read the synopsis it can strike you that the main character would either by the Bohipeer who with his faithful servant was out searching for his to-be wife or the young maiden herself; but looking closely you would find that every character had soul, strength and a different personality of their own. A recurring line during the start of the play by the Bohipeer ‘Karor Monai Shanti Nei. ‘(There is peace in no one’s heart) is indeed true.

Bohipeer reveling his sly plan to Hokikullah.
© 2016 Dramar

Be it the strong- willed and determined Peer who plans and plots to convince his to-be wife to return to him; or the generous landlord who has lost his nights sleep because his lands would be auctioned in no time, a fact that he has hidden from his family for days. Be it the land- lady who has started developing concern for the young maiden but knowing that she was to be the wife of the peer, is scared for inviting the curse of the peer to her or her family; or the young maiden who is a symbol of revolt to the society and wants to live in peace without having to go back or being chased by the Peer anymore. The young son of the land lord too is at unrest. His heart bleeds for the young lady they have given shelter to. But knowing the limits of the society and his mother’s views hesitates in accepting his blossoming attraction for her. In true sense of the term, each one is experiencing unrest in their heart, similar to the cyclone that just went by. As the story unfolds scene after scene, one witnesses the complex reactions of each of the characters and how they write their own fates.

Tahera, the young misunderstood protagonist, played by Biyas Saha.
© 2016 Dramar

What is commendable about the script is the boldness of each of the characters who retains their morality and yet goes against the norms of the society. It talks about women empowerment at a time when women were considered to live only within the precincts of the four walls of her house. At such a time, it talks of a young seventeen- year- old who runs away from her marriage because she has a voice and an opinion of her own. If you carefully look at the story line it also depicts how men come forward and genuinely help women in their times of crisis. A striking contrast is also seen in the character of the land lady who holds on to her old-fashioned beliefs of superstitions instead of trying to think in a futuristic manner.

Bohipeer, is thus a play which reflects tremendous social consciousness and is relevant in contemporary times. All the characters are  quite realistic in nature. The situations highlighted through the play are modern day situations too. It would be wrong to think that such cases are only prevalent in rural areas but also in contemporary urban society. Hence, such plays should be staged more often as performing arts have always been a platform to showcase , protest and suggest regarding the matters of the society and its unrealistic dogmas imposed on the people.

Cast: Sukumar Chakraborty, Krishn Sanyal, Raju Sardar, Biswajit Chakraborty, Biyas Saha, Niharendru Bannerjee

Playwright: Syed Waliullah

Director: Sukumar Chakraborty

Production: DRAMMAR

Make-up: Biswajit Saha , Set: Madan Halder, Set Design: Sunil Mitra

Music: Upamanyu Das, Lights: Tapan Bhattacharya

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