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Your turn to get street smart

Mumbai Traffic Police and Ideal Drama and Entertainment Academy join hands to stage street plays in various corners of the city, as part of Road Safety Week

art and culture Updated: Jan 12, 2011 13:59 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

It’s never been a rosy path driving to work regularly for a Mumbaikar. You’ve got to be prepared to withstand traffic for hours before stepping out. You might even find yourself in the middle of a heated argument. Often we forget that we might not be following the traffic norms and begin cursing the cops. These very norms will now be brought to the fore, as students of Ideal Drama and Entertainment Academy (IDEA) join hands with the Mumbai Traffic Police, to stage a street play.

Traffic Traffic, written and directed by Mujeeb Khan, president of IDEA, is being staged in different parts of the city as part of Road Safety Week from January 3 to 15. “We’ve been associated with the Mumbai Traffic Police for quite some time and have been doing plays for the last three years. Our cops do so much for us; it’s our turn to give something back. It’s our moral responsibility,” Khan says, harping on the fact that the play aims to spread awareness about general traffic rules.

Several shows planned
Traffic Traffic will have a total of 65 shows across Maharashtra. IDEA plans to send another team to Pune on January 15 to perform before the chief minister. The play begins with a slogan, “Apni shehar ke traffic ko theek karo” and depicts arguments between a bus driver and a taxi driver, a taxi passenger and a drunk bike rider sans a helmet. Khan explains the precautions to be taken by drivers and commuters: “It’s a message for those who are aware of the consequences of rash and drunk driving, but are yet to mend their ways. We are not preaching, but through conversations, the moral is conveyed. It’s an attempt at educating the public about traffic rules and at the same time, making an appeal to abide by them.”

To catch the play Traffic Traffic, call 9821044429.