As the scene sets for 12 juries to make life or death decision post the trial of seventeen years and six months old slum boy murdering his old father, the logical battle is a penetrating, sensitive and sometimes shocking dissection of the hearts and minds of men and women who obviously are something less than gods. It makes for taut, absorbing and compelling drama that reaches far beyond the close confines of its jury room setting.
This Nepali adaptation of the Reginald Rose's “12 Angry Men”, “Baahra Durbasa” brings the characters into lives with poignant expression of anger, disgust, humour, sympathy, and doubts as the truth that they hold a boy's life in their hands. This is, no doubt, an exemplary portray of persuasions so powerful that persuades human mind to be more open-minded, and not be confined within prejudices, and personal agitations.
Director Rajan Khatiwada has been able to display so admirably a class of art with his characters’ dramas that are powerful and provocative enough to keep a viewer spellbound.
The Nepali version is translated by Suresh Sapkota, and marks the theatrical comeback of veteran actor Saroj Khanal. The play is currently being staged at Mandala Theatre everyday (except for Monday) at 4:30 PM and two shows every Saturday –1 PM and 4:30 PM -- through February 12.
Text: Uden Maharjan
Photo: Yogesh Maharjan