Kozhikode: Because the curtains got here down, the packed crowd at Zamorin’s Increased Secondary College erupted into cheers. The standing ovation lasted lengthy after the ten college students of Memunda Increased Secondary College of Vadakara left the stage.
The message of their drama, Boundary, performed on the 61st Kerala State College Competition (College Kalolsavam) was common humanism, however it required monumental braveness from the little actors.
“Initially, we had been scared. However our lecturers stood by us and gave us braveness. And we carried out at this time,” Hethika R S, a category 10 scholar, mentioned after a power-packed efficiency.
‘Boundary’, written and directed by Rafeeq Mangalassery, stumped narrow-minded however nosy Muslim neighborhood members and leaders, and uncovered the hypernationalists, who bullied and pressed costs in opposition to these supporting Pakistan in a cricket match.
When Fathima Sultana, performed by Avani S, was chosen for the Underneath-19 nationwide group, the neighbourhood ustad got here to her house and chided her mom.
“Our ladies taking part in cricket don’t go well with our neighborhood. And he or she just isn’t even sporting a headband. As a moulvi, I can’t enable it,” mentioned the ustad, performed by Yuktha Anil.
However the irreverent Fathima Sultana snubbed the Ustad: “Ladies from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan play cricket. And weren’t you the one who mentioned we must always not go to the homes of Hindus for Onam?”
“However we went and had luxurious sadya, and performed Thiruvathira, too. Did something occur to our neighborhood?” she mentioned.
The offended ustad left the home murmuring: “She’s going to convey disrepute to our neighborhood”.
When the mom began to cry, Sultana consoled her by saying to not fear concerning the Ustad.
However the mom retorted: “I’m not crying as a result of Ustad left in anger. I’m frightened about your choice for the nationwide group.”
The play then touched upon the prevailing casteism in sports activities and the privilege loved by gamers from the ahead castes.
Sultana aced the choice regardless of the selectors attempting to journey her.
Later, whereas watching a keenly-fought cricket match between India and Pakistan, Sultana appreciates a shot by a Pakistani batsman, and that is when even her ‘enraged’ Hindu neighbour focused her. Her Fb put up appreciating the Pakistan group triggered widespread protests.
The protesters demanded her ouster from the nationwide group, accusing her of ‘writing in opposition to India’.
With using make-shift black steps and frames, Rafeeq brilliantly created a cricket pitch and likewise a pavillion for protestors on the stage.
There must be no faith and borders in sports activities
from the play, ‘Boundary’
Sultana hit the bouncers thrown at her by the hypernationalists out of the boundary. “Within the soccer World Cup, did not we stand with Argentina! Did not we increase celebratory slogans when England and Portugal gained! That they had killed our forefathers. Sports activities just isn’t a conflict. Should not we be capable of idolise any participant based mostly on their efficiency,” she mentioned.
The gang went on a clapping spree. However Sultana was not finished but. “I didn’t put up the congratulatory message on a conflict with Pakistan,” she mentioned. It was cricket.
The mom replied: “Daughter, our nation has not matured sufficient to simply accept your considering.” The gang clapped in settlement.
The mom stood with Sultana within the face of the taunting neighborhood and society’s tightening barbed fence.
In the long run, the youths who cherished a world with out borders got here in help of Sultana and urged her to play once more. “There must be no faith and borders in sports activities,” they cried in unison.
Riya Sudheer, Deekshith, Devanjana S Manoj, Neha Salvia B S, Mithrabinda, Angel B and Gautham Sarang are the opposite actors of the play.
When the play was chosen as the perfect play from Kozhikode district for the state faculty pageant, the BJP protested in opposition to it.
BJP district president V Okay Sajeevan had mentioned the play conveyed the message that Pakistan was seen as an enemy nation due to a slim sense of nationalism. The script must be in step with social realities, he mentioned.
The scriptwriter and director Rafeeq Mangalassery mentioned those that created an argument noticed solely a small clip of the 20-minute play. “As we speak’s applause drowned all controversies,” he mentioned.
Yuktha Anil, who performed the Ustad, mentioned ‘Boundary’ was a message to society. “We lived the script and I need it to be performed in lots of phases,” she mentioned.