Story and Script – Keyur Seta (copyright protected)

(This play was performed at Navarachana International School in Baroda. It was made possible by Rachel Hood, who designed and directed it. The pictures are from that performance. The play has also been performed in a school in Amritsar. Click on the pictures to enlarge.)

 

Characters:

Mahesh – 25 years

Nilesh – 10 years

Tukaram – Mahesh’s father (52 years)

Sumitra – Mahesh’s mother and Tukaram’s wife (50 years)

Sumati – Mahesh’s sister-in-law (31 years)

Vikas – Mahesh’s friend (24 years)

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(A verandah of a house in the interiors of Maharashtra. Mahesh playing with his 10-year old nephew Nilesh, who is running and jumping around carelessly. )

 

Nilesh, Mahesh and

Nilesh, Mahesh and Vikas

MAHESH: Arre sambhaal ke NILESH. Gir jaoge.

NILESH: Nahin chacha kuchh nahin hoga. (Continues to run around.)

MAHESH: Ruk jao Nilesh. Bandh karo is tarah daudna-koodna. Main kehta hoon yahan aao. Abhi hi bukhaar se ubhre ho.

(Nilesh doesn’t pay heed to Mahesh.)

NILESH: Arre chacha, khelne do na.

MAHESH: Apne chacha ki baat nahin maanega? Gussa dilayega mujhe?

(Nilesh stops abruptly and comes towards Mahesh. Mahesh lifts him.)

MAHESH: Mujhe pata tha. Apne chacha ki baat tu kabhi taal hi nahin sakta.

NILESH: Bhalaa main aapko gussa hote kaise dekh sakta hoon?

MAHESH: Yeh hui na baat.

(Mahesh embraces Nilesh. Just then Mahesh’s village friend Vikas walks in.)

VIKAS To aaj bhi chal raha hai chacha-bhateeje ke beech pyaar.

MAHESH :Haan Vikas. Tu to jaanta hi hai Nilesh ka meri zindagi mein kitna mahattva hai. Iske bina to meri zindagi kuchh nahin. Aur bade bhaiya ke dehant ke baad toh yeh mera hi beta ban gaya hai.

 

Mahesh and Tukaram

Mahesh and Tukaram

VIKAS Sach mein Mahesh. Tum to ek misaal ho. Tum dono ka pyar dekh kar lagta hi nahin ki Nilesh tumhare khandan ki asli aulad nahin.

(Mahesh stops Vikas from uttering a word further. He releases Nilesh.)

MAHESH: Nilesh, zara andar jao. Bhagwan ko pranaam kar ke aao.

(While running Nilesh goes inside.)

MAHESH: Ab tune jo bola woh phir se kabhi mat dohorana. Main khud yeh baat kab ka bhula chuka hoon ki bhaiya ne Nilesh ko goad liya tha. Shastron mein bhi likha hai ki dil ka sambandh hi asli sambandh hota hai. Aur agar meri apni aulad hoti toh bhi shaayad main use itna pyaar nahin karta.

VIKAS Main samaj sakta hoon. Mujhe maaf kar do. Ab se maine bhi yeh baat bhula di.

(An excited Nilesh re-enters. )

NILESH: Chacha chacha. Dadaji (TUKARAM) ek chhote se bachche ko laye hain.

MAHESH: Bachcha? (To Vikas) Main zara dekh leta hoon. Ram ram.

VIKAS Ram ram Mahesh bhau.

(Black OUT)

(An inside of a village house. Tukaram is standing with an infant in hand. His wife SUMITRA and Mahesh’s wife SUMATI are watching excitedly. Mahesh enters. )

 

MAHESH: Yeh kiska bachcha hai pitaji?

 

Sumitra, Sumati, Mahesh and Tukaram

Sumitra, Sumati, Mahesh and Tukaram

TUKARAM: Pata nahin beta. Govindji ki school ke bahar jab main unse baat kar raha tha, tabhi pata chala koi is bachche ko wahan chhod aaya hain. Humne jake dekha bachche ko. Thodi poochh taach karne ke baad pata chala ki bachcha anaath hai. Uske ma-baap toh kuchh mahino pehle ki akasmat mein chal base.

MAHESH: To use wahan kisne rakha hoga?

TUKARAM: Lagta hai jo insaan uski dekh bhaal karta tha, woh kisi karanvash ab iska dhyaan nahin rakh sakta.

MAHESH: Phir kya kiya aapne?

TUKARAM: Bachcha ro raha tha. Lekin maine jaise hi use uthaya toh woh jhat se chup ho gaya aur phir mere saath khelne bhi laga. Uske saath kuchh pal bitane ke baad ab use kisi anathaale mein dene ko mann nahin kar raha.

MAHESH: To kya tay kiya hai aapne?

 

TUKARAM: Mujhe toh yeh lagta hai ki humein hi ise rakhna chahiye apne saath. Tum log kya kehte ho?

SUMITRA Ab yeh bechara anaath bachcha jaye to kahan jaye? Haan humein ise rakh lena chahiye.

SUMATI: Waise bhi ab ise anathaale bhejne ko dil nahin karega.

MAHESH: Main bhi is baat se sehmat hoon. Kisi anathasham mein bhejne se achha hai hum hi iski dekhbhaal karen. (Pause) Zara mujhe bhi dikhaiye.

(Tukaram hands over the infant to Mahesh. Mahesh excitedly starts playing with the child. But all of a sudden, he gets the shock of his life. )

 

Sumitra, Sumati and Mahesh

Sumitra, Sumati and Mahesh

MAHESH: Hum is ladke ko apne saath nahin rakh sakte. (He hands over the infant back to Tukaram.)

(Tukaram, Sumitra and Sumati are stunned and confused.)

TUKARAM: Yeh kya ho gaya tumhe achanak? Kya baat hai?

MAHESH: Yeh dekho. Is ladke ke haath pe yeh taaveez bandhi hui hai.

TUKARAM: Haan toh?

MAHESH: Is se yeh pata chalta hai ki yeh ladka Musalmaan hai.

TUKARAM: To kya ho gaya Mahesh?

MAHESH: Kya ho gaya? Main ek Musalmaan ko apne ghar mein aasra nahin de sakta.

SUMITRA Yeh kya bol raha hai tu? Pagal ho gaya hai?

MAHESH: Jo samajna hai samjho ma. Lekin main is bachche ko is ghar mein nahin rehne dunga.

TUKARAM: Kaisi behuda baat kar raha hai tu? Abhi thodi der pehle tu khud raazi hua tha ise rakhne ke liye.

MAHESH: Haan kyunki tab mujhe pata nahin tha ki yeh….

123456 106SUMITRA Yeh kya? Bas sirf yeh Musalmaan hai isliye tujhe is se nafrat hone lagi achanak se?

MAHESH: Kya tum bhool gayi ma? Bayanve (92) ke dongo mein inhi logon ne bhaiya ko kis tarah maar diya tha. (to Sumati) Kya dosh tha aapke pati ka bhabhi? Yehi ki woh seedhe saade aadmi ki tarah imaandari ka kaam kar ke ghar laut rahe the? Ab unhi ki kaum ke bachche ko main kaise apne ghar mein rehna doon?

SUMITRA Mahesh!!!

TUKARAM: Kya bakwaas kiye ja raha hai?

MAHESH: Yeh bakwaas nahin hai pitaji. Mere Hindu Sangathan ke bhaiyon ko agar pata chala ki maine ek Musalmaan ko aasra diya hai toh kya izzat reh jayegi meri? Mujhe toh woh apne sangathan se hi baahar kar denge.

TUKARAM: To tujhe tere us kaumwadi sangathan ki padi hai?

MAHESH: Pitaji! Main mere sangathan ke viruddh nahin sununga.

TUKARAM: To tu nahin rehne dega is bachche ko apne ghar mein?

MAHESH: Hargiz nahin.

TUKARAM: Theek hai. (To Sumitra) Lagta hai jis kaam ke liye tumne mujhe humesha roka hai woh mujhe aaj karna hi padega. Main majboor hoon Sumitra.

SUMITRA Nahin!!! Aisa mat kijiye!

TUKARAM: Iske dil-o-dimaag se is nafrat ke beej ko ukhaad phenkne ke liye yeh zaroori hai Sumitra.

123456 116SUMITRA (sighs)

MAHESH: Yeh kya bol rahe hai aap dono?

TUKARAM: Ek baat bata mujhe Mahesh. Kya tu Nilesh se pyar karta hai?

MAHESH: Ab yeh kaisa sawaal hai pitaji? Yeh kya baat hai?

TUKARAM: Tu sirf mere sawaal ka jawab de!

MAHESH: Haan bilkul karta hoon. Aur aap sab yeh baat achhi tarah jaante hai ki mera aur Nilesh ka pyar kitna gehra hai.

TUKARAM: Achhi baat hai. To ab main tujhe ek raaz batana chahta hoon jo hum sab ne tujhse humesha se chhupaya hai.

MAHESH: Kya hai woh?

TUKARAM: Yehi ki Nilesh ka asli naam Imran hai.

MAHESH: Kya???? Aap pagal ho gaye hai pitaji?

TUKARAM: Nahin. Main pagal nahin hua. Main tera pagalpan door karne ki koshish kar raha hoon. Nilesh paidaishi Musalmaan hai aur yeh baat hum sab ne tujhse chhupai thi aaj tak. Hum jaante the ki agar tujhepata chalta to tu kabhi ise goad lene nahin deta.

MAHESH: Nahin!!! Yeh sambhav nahin. (screams) Yeh ho kaise sakta hai? Maa, Bhabhi. Pitaji kaisi baatein kar rahe hai?

SUMITRA Woh sach keh rahe hai beta.

SUMATI: Yeh sach hai Mahesh.

MAHESH: (He is speechless. He holds his head in desperation.)

TUKARAM: Tu janta hai Nilesh humein bayanve (92) ke dango ke waqt mila tha. Uske ma-baap dange mein maare gaye the. Lekin hum logon ne tujhe yeh nahin bataya ki woh Musalmaan hai. Haan humne tujhse jhoot kaha ki woh kisi Hindu ke ghar ka hai.

123456 117MAHESH: (Starts weeping)Yeh sab mujhse sehan nahin ho raha!

TUKARAM: Isme sehan na hone jaisa kya hai? Yeh jaanke ki Nilesh Musalmaan hai, kya koi fark padega tum dono ko? Kya tere liye woh koi alag insaan ban gaya hai ab?

SUMITRA Sach baat hai beta. Ab yeh jaan ne ke baad kya tum dono ke rishte mein koi fark aayega? Nahin na?

MAHESH: (In deep thought)

SUMATI: Aaj tak kya tumhe koi fark laga tum mein aur Nilesh mein? Fark toh kiya hi nahin hai us uparwale ne hum logon mein. Fark toh humne paida kiye hain. Insaan ne hi insaano mein yeh bhed bhav paida kiye hain. Agar yeh sach nahin, to kya tujh mein aur Nilesh mein itna pyaar paida hota?

MAHESH: (Continues to be in deep thought.)

TUKARAM: Hum sab mein wohi haddiyan, wohi maash-peshiyan aur wohi khoon hain beta!

MAHESH: (Slowly goes towards Tukaram and takes the infant from  him.) Jiski umar kuchh mahine ki bhi nahin hui, usne mujhe samjaya ki yeh manviya bhed-bhaav arthaheen hain. Bilkul Arthaheen!!! (Hugs the infant.)

THE END