What is justice? Does it necessarily depends on facts, evidence and witnesses? If yes, then how would one know if the facts and evidence are true. The witnesses in any court trial are humans, and humans by their nature are biased. So how do we know that the witness stand in the court is not prejudiced while giving his testimonies in the case?
Bijon Mondal’s Rashomon Blues raises many such questions on justice, humanity and human beahaviour. “The story is an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s 1950 classic Rashomon. It has been more than sixty years when that work was written, yet the story and narration remain revelant even today,” says Mondal.
The play deals with a rape and its trial in a court room. “The play not only shows the court room drama but will also focus on the actual crime,” adds Mondal.
A sword fighter and his wife are assaulted by a notorious criminal resulting in a rape and a murder. The testimonies presented at the trial are varied in accordance to each witness’s point of view. Eventually, the fourth witness, who found the body, reveals that he, in fact, saw the entire incident, and his version is also completely different from the others. “The truth is same, but it is percieved differenlty by different people,” says Mondal adding that the play is adapted to the contemporary situations. It is set in present day Mumbai.
However, with each witness essaying different truth and fact, the question remains as who is telling the truth. Which truth should be believed to deliver the justice? And will the justice delivered after listening to such varied accounts of the same event, be right. Nagesh Bhosle, Kirti Kulhari and Vineet Sharma are the three protagonists. “I am not giving any social message through this play. The message is for the audience to see,” concludes Mondal.
Rashomon Blues will be performed on November 8 at at Prithvi Theatre