Bratya Basu’s EKDIN ALADIN Director: Kanchan Mullick


Playwright: Bratya Basu
Director: Kanchan Mullick
Group: Paikpara Indraranga, Kolkata
Language: Bengali
Duration: 1 hr 50 mins

The Play
Madhab Marik is a politician who aspires to become the leader of the country. He dreams of taking the oath as the Prime Minister. But everything goes haywire when during his dream of oath-taking ceremony a voice interrupts calling him a hooligan, cheat, and rioter. Madhab realizes the voice to be that of his childhood friend Satya who had died when he was in school. Madhab’s latest transition from one party to another keeps him wondering about what people are actually thinking about him. Through his encounter with Satya, Madhab’s fears come to light. Satya, to get his friend out of the turmoil, helps him with the magic lamp of Aladin. But this lamp functions a bit differently. It helps Madhab to see the true face of the person towards whom he points the lamp. Madhab finds that all his political party members, high-command leader, even his elder daughter and her husband, have pretentious faces, and the lamp reveals them all, except for his wife, and Satya’s mother who genuinely care for him. Madhab breaks down knowing the reality. He returns the lamp. Satya suggests Madhab to leave all his political pursuits and settle down and look after his family but Madhab disagrees and decides to start exploring his life afresh in a different light, for the people.

Director’s Note
This was the first time I was asked to direct a play, and I will always cherish this offer and respect the confidence Paikpara Indraranga showed in my abilities. I had a smooth experience directing the play since the group is so professionally managed that besides direction I did not have to get involved in any other aspect of this big production. I especially thank Bratya Basu for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to direct a play for the first time ever in my 27 years of living and breathing theatre.

The Director
In the year 1990 Kanchan Mullick started his theatre career with the group Hindol. He has been associated with the theatre group Swapnasandhani for almost 25 years. Here he learned acting, back stage work, set, light etc. Kanchan Mullick is known as a Bengali film and television actor. He has acted in movies like Mahakaal, Ranjala Ami Aar Asbo Na, Dhruba, Kelor Kirti, Lakshyabhed etc.

The Playwright
Bratya Basu, is an accomplished theatre artist, a playwright and director, who started his career as a sound operator. He is a theatre thinker and activist, and has served Bengali theatre for nearly 20 years. His plays have been staged by various directors like Suresh Bhardwaj, Bapi Bose, Arpita Ghosh, Debesh Chattopadhyay, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Koushik Sen, Kishore Sengupta, Anirban Bhattacharya, Sekhar Samaddar, Biplab Bandopadhyay, Debashis Biswas, Debashis Ray, Debashis Dutta, Avi Chakraborty etc. A compilation of his plays has been published in three volumes in 2004, 2010 and 2016 respectively.

The Group
Indraranga was renamed Paikpara Indraranga in 2012. Ekdin Aladin is our fifth production since then, after Nishshanga Samrat, Arabya Rajani, Awdyo Sesh Rajani and Banijye Basate Lakshmi. Our six-year journey in the world of group theatre has been one of ups and downs. It was a learning experience, for it taught us the philosophy and introspection of the art of theatre.

Cast & Credits
On Stage: Kanchan Mullick, Taranga Sarkar,Indrajit Chakraborty, Aruna Mukhopadhyay,Sumana Mukhopadhyay, Shantanu Nath, Indranil Mukhopadhyay, Prasun Bandyopadhyay, Pankaj Sarkar, Tutul Ghosh, Mouli Roy,
Pubali Bandyopadhyay, Sukanta Saha, Soham Mukhopadhyay, Soumadipta Mondal, Joydeep Acharya, Sanjay Das, Anish Ghosh, Subrata Sadhukhan, Richa Roy, Payel Ghosh, Bhagyasree Roychowdhyry, Ranjana Karmakar

Set Design: Debasish Roy
Set Making: D’moy
Sound Design: Dishari Chakraborty
Sound Operation: Santanu Paul, Soumya Mukherjee
Light: Sudip Sanyal
Make-up: Md. Ali & Sanjoy Paul
Choreography: Sumit Roy
Costume: Madhumita Dham
Logo & Publicity Design: Hiran Mitra
Brochure Design & Still Photography: Abhijit Nath
Production Assistants: Paromita Chakraborty, Bijay Basu, Ranita Das, Indranil Mukhopadhyay, Nairwita Dutta

Playwright: Bratya Basu
Direction: Kanchan Mullick

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Manohar Khushalani

Manohar Khushalani

Prof. Manohar Khushalani is a former Visiting Faculty at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. The courses he taught were: Animation & Graphics, Non-Linear Editing for Film and Radio and Theatre Appreciation.  He has won a total of nine Excellence in Teaching awards for all the courses he has taught at IIITD Earlier he retired from Government of India as Director Environment Management, Central Water Commission and held many senior positions in the Government Based on a Belief that Culture and Environment are the two keys to global sustainability , Manohar Khushalani has launched two portals: A Portal on Environment and Water called One Vorld at url: and two Ezines on Culture called Stage Buzz at url: He has taught extensively in varied subjects such as Dam Safety, Instrumentation, CAD, IT, Animation, Theatre, Newspaper Editing. He has conducted Courses on Environment Management, Water Shed Development, Team Building and Personality Development. He was an Expert Member of Prasar Bharti’s Committee for Grading & Short listing Films for Telecast on all channels of Doordarshan.  He is a Radio Anchor for All India Radio and has moderated several programs for the Rajdhani Channel He is a well-known Theatre Actor/Director and Critic, has been involved in theatre since 1977. He has worked as an actor in over 50 plays with almost every leading director/Actor in the Country including Badal Sircar, Feisal Alkazi, Amal Allana, M.K. Raina, Anuradha Kapoor, Maya Rao, Manohar Singh, Prasanna, Rati Bartholomew and Sushmita Mukherji. He has been active in the social sector as a street theatre activist. As a member of Workshop Theatre, Theatre Union and Prayog, Khushalani has participated in street plays taking up major social issues such as dowry, bride burning, Sati, banned medicinal drugs and communalism. Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, both directed by him, received rave notices from critics and audiences alike. Other plays directed by him include Badal Sircar’s, Sagina Mahato and Boris Vian’s Empire Builders for Ruchika Theatre Group. Khushalani has also acted in a few films such as Sudhir Mishra's Hazaron Khwaishen Aisi , Shoojit Sircar’s Madras Café and Pradeep Krishan's Annie Gives Those Ones. He is an Animator & Graphics Designer and has directed a number of documentaries. He also held a number of Honorary positions and was President of North India Films Association, He was the Chairman of  Jury for UGC CEC Educational Films Competition and has been on their Preview Committee since last many years. He was on the preview committee of Door Darshan Channel 3, was a visiting Professor at National School of Drama, New Delhi, and Film & Television Institute of India, Pune, AJKMCRR, Jamia Milia Islamia and Professor in Media at FICT, Delhi  He has judged a large number of Drama Competitions and conducted a number of Theatre / Management Games Workshops with Institutions such as AIIMS, NTPC, CWPRS, NWA, Karve Nari Prakshishan Sansthan, FICT, IIT, MAMC, Gargi College, KNC, Tagore International School and Vivekananda School. He is a Theatre Critic for IIC Diary, has also been a Columnist with Midday and Pioneer Daily and wrote Column's Called Culture Cocktail and Footlights Respectively. He was also the Guest Editor for an issue on Folk Theatre of ICCR Journal Horizons. He has written for Times of Indian, Hindustan Times, Blitz, Hard News, Hindu Business Line, Theatre India & Art Times. He has designed dams and hydraulic structures for the Government. He is a programmer and has developed Engineering design software in Fortran. He is a co-author of Irrigation Practice & Design (Vol 1 to5 - 1500 pages) published by Oxford & IBH and sponsored by National Book Trust. He has been a Director, Environment and Sociology, at the National Water Academy, Khadakwasla and Director, Environment Management Directorate, Central Water Commission and Member Secretary, National Environmental Monitoring Committee for River Valley Projects. He was also Director of Instrumentation Directorate in the Dam Safety Organisation. He was Chief General Manager and Head of Water Resources at Scott Wilson and is an accredited consultant with numerous other organizations He is a Delhi Public School, BITS Pilani, IIT Delhi and FTI Pune Alumini. He was also the President of BITS Pilani Alumni Association, Pune.

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