WATCH MUGHAL HISTORY UNFOLD
Salman Khurshid talks about the popular play, Sons of Babur, which has been written by him, and will once again be staged in the Capital
Besides being a sharp lawyer and politician, noted author Salman Khurshid is also our former foreign minister. But did you know that he is also a theatre personality? Yes, back in his Delhi University days in St. Stephen’s College, he did do theatre.
He shares, “I was a student of theatre in my college days and I am aware of the theatre techniques.” His association with theatre doesn’t end there. The popular play, Sons of Babur, which has been staged at the Red Fort with late actor Tom Alter in the lead, has been authored by Khurshid.
The Mughal Empire is one of the most significant ones in the history of Indian subcontinent. The culture, traditions and their rule has had quite an impact on how the present shaped up. Having travelled the length and breath of the country, the play will once again be staged in the Capital.
Khurshid, who likes to read about Bahadur Shah Zafar, his poetry and historical family background, says, “There are lakhs of books written about him and his era that includes some of the best-sellers. I had been reading them since a student and thought to come out with something different and wrote this play.
“The stories about Babur and his sons are 200 years old. To make them relevant today, I have put various perspectives of identity, religion, patriotism and gender issue in it. I believe, that women in the times of Mughal era also played a major role and the play talks about it too. Basically, it covers all modern day issues.”
The play was written in English, and later translated into Hindi and other languages. “It took me 2-3 years to write it. I have received an applause from Chennai, Bombay, Calcutta and all other places where it was premiered.” Pierrot’s Troupe is staging the play in the Capital this Sunday. Director M Sayeed Alam, who has helmed some of the most popular Urdu plays, says, “This play covers the entire history of Mughals. It moves forth and back to three different eras. It beautifully talks about the arrival of Babur and the exit of Bahadur Shah Zafar.”