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Kolkata play ‘Hindu Chor’ receives social media backlash, changes title

  • Published at 11:24 pm June 22nd, 2018
  • Last updated at 11:50 am June 23rd, 2018
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An extremist Hindu organization called Hindu Jagoron Samiti filed a complaint against the playwright

Indian playwright and actor Prabir Mondal from Kolkata received major backlash on social media for his play “Hindu Chor” (Hindu thief). The writer director and actor of the single cast stage drama found the concept of the story from Bangladesh’s Satkhira.

He visited the district a few years back and heard a story of an unusual thief named Giren who stole and helped people in need. Though Giren was Hindu, he helped both Hindu and Muslim people of his village who were in need. The play “Hindu Chor” was based on Satkhira’s thief Giren.

The show was first staged back in 2012 at Kolkata’s Shishir Mancha, followed by a few more around West Bengal.

Mondal said that no one ever complained about the show back then.  He recently started to campaign to stage the show once more and put up posters around Rabindra Sadan and Shishir Mancha areas.

He added that people spread photos of these posters on social media. These posters and photos also carried his phone number and he received major backlash both online and on his cellphone.

An extremist Hindu organization called Hindu Jagoron Samiti filed a complaint against the playwright. Due to the social media backlash, Kolkata police removed all the posters before the complaint was even filed.

Prabir Mondal also said that after six years of the first staging of the show, he, on Thursday declared on his personal Facebook profile that he changed his play’s original title to “Giren Chor”.