THE SECOND day of ‘Adi Vidrohhi’ drama fest saw compelling performances by the artists staging a powerful play called ‘Dilli Chalo’ at Antarang, Bharat Bhavan, to a packed hall on Sunday.
Originally conceived by theatre veteran Utpal Dutt, the play has been directed by Faridabad’s Akhilesh Khanna. The play was an ode to the spirit of three guerilla soldiers of INA (Azad Hind Fauj), who are on a mission to blow up an airport (in Paatel, Manipur) in possession of the British during World War II.
The play effectively brought out the role of Azad Hind Fauj in converting the minds of the people (specially the tribals of Nagaland) and the population belonging to the northeast region that once saw Indian soldiers with contempt due to their association with the British forces and mistook their evil deeds to have been carried out by the INA, which was formed with Japanese help.
The play also brilliantly describes the patriotic activities carried out by Azad Hind Fauj in a very methodical way with an objective to liberate people from imperialist rule in which they finally manage to garner direct and indirect support from the citizens and tribals of Tripura, Burma and adjoining northeast regions.
But most importantly, ‘Dilli Chalo’ (the war cry given by Subhash Chandra Bose) depicts how the gradual change in heart of Indian soldiers (serving the British army) inspired them to join the INA in the freedom struggle and pose a threat to the British Empire under the leadership of this fiery revolutionary.
The presentation had some high moments - like when one of the guerillas, mission commander Prodyut Majumdar (employed by Netaji himself for secretly carrying out the mission without even informing his colleagues) gets arrested and finally succumbs to atrocities in jail and reveals Netaji’s plan, but afterwards is agonised over the fact that he had betrayed the Motherland (much to the annoyance of other mission members).
However, the play ends on a happy note of ‘mission accomplished’ without the British getting an inkling of the whereabouts of Bose.
‘Dilli Chalo’ was executed with perfection and it once again brought home the fact that here was a man who even after isolation (from Congressmen and freedom fighters like Gandhi and Nehru) proved most dangerous for the British.
Swaraj Sansthan Directorate is organising the seven-day play series.