Djinns of Eidgah – Citizen Reviews

Djinns of Eidgah, written by Abhishek Majumdar, Produced by Rage Productions, Mumbai, was staged as a part of the Hindu Metroplus Theatre Festival recently.

Some of the citizen reviews in the order they were found are here. All of them can be seen on the Hindu website here – Hindu Citizen Reviews for Djinns of Eidgah
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Djinns of Eidgah. Photo: S. R. Raghunathan

 

Mind-numbing

Being an engineering student, I was never interested in theatre. I attended The Hindu MetroPlus Theatre Fest only because a friend urged me to. But, those 100 minutes changed the way I look at life. The play The Djinns of Eidgah was so mind-numbing that it got me thinking about the Kashmir issue. “Doctor Saab”, “Shefu”, “Bilaal” and the “Hindu Soldier” — the characters are unforgettable. The sound, lights and props were apt, and the scene-changes near perfect. The play deserved the standing ovation it got.

Akand Sitra

IIT- Madras

Powerful performance

Abhishek Majumdar, director of The Djinns of Eidgah, has managed to convey the message that sanity is a luxury in Kashmir. Rajit Kapur, who plays Dr Beg, the chief protagonist, constantly tries to maintain sanity in the valley, all the while appealing against the futility of war. Ashrafi, flawlessly played by Faezeh Jalali, takes you on a rollercoaster emotional ride. The sibling relationship between her and Bilal is endearing. The sequences between Dr. Beg and his dead son Junaid create soul-stirring moments. Junaid symbolises the youth of today who get trapped in senseless ideologies. The moment when the jawan spits on Dr. Beg is hard-hitting, leaving the audience shaken.

Vijay Menon

Shenoy Nagar

Silence spoke volumes

The Djinns of Eidgah subtly addressed numerous sensitive issues about Kashmir, The setting was simple. Who would have thought that one curtain could be used so variably — to depict the night sky, to portray the moon, to symbolise the inside and outside of a room? And if that was not enough, the rearrangement of the props was integrated into the play so naturally that it made the transition between scenes exceptionally smooth! This was a play where silence spoke volumes; so much that I found myself jumping in my seat when the occasional bullets were fired!

I am lost for words to describe the acting, but then, one could expect no less from actors of such calibre! The setting, the silences, the subtle nuances and apt background score made the spell cast byThe Djinns more intense.

Janani Venkatesh

Mylapore

Of shattered dreams

Mainstream debates about Kashmir tend to be either overtly jingoistic or anti-militaristic in nature.The Djinns of Eidgah rises above these simplistic approaches and takes a critical look at the issue, offering us a rare glimpse into the quagmire that is Kashmir. With an intense, powerful script performed to perfection by a seasoned cast, the play shook me out of my blasé attitude. Above all, the play paints a heart-rending picture of a land of broken people and their shattered dreams.  This definitely has to be one of the finest Indian plays in recent years.

Vishnu Prasad 

Thiruvanmiyur

Fine portrayal

Kashmiriyat is all about the people of Kashmir and the choice that they have to make in a land torn between the strife on the streets and the aspirations of a people who yearn for freedom. This was beautifully portrayed, on the one hand, by Dr. Baig in wanting to negotiate with the Indians on Eid and, on the other, by Vani his student who pelts stones at the security forces, her son by her side. Is it at all possible to retain one’s sanity in such circumstances? Is there any other choice but to retain one’s sanity in such troubled times? This paradox seemed to form the premise of the story. Along the way, the Idgah, the Djinns and the sighting of the Eid moon were wonderful allegories that backed powerful performances by the cast. The dilemma of the security forces provided comic relief in an otherwise dark play. The costumes and the guns transported the viewers to a Kashmir we have grown up observing — a paradise lost.

Kartik Subramanian

Anna Nagar

Thank you to each one of you for your responses!

IE 

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