An incident of chaos unfolded at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) during a recent play, sparked by alleged objectionable dialogues and scenes. The turmoil involved members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
The play, titled “Jab We Met,” organized by Lalit Kala Kendra students, faced accusations of distorting the Ramayan and causing offense to sentiments.
The theatrical production delved into the personal lives of actors who portrayed characters in the Ramayana. Although written and directed by a Lalit Kala Kendra student, objections were raised by ABVP activists against certain dialogues, leading to the disruption of the play.
The drama depicted Lord Ram and Lord Sita as clowns, with Lord Ram subjected to insults and offensive language. ABVP Pune members took a stand against what they deemed disrespectful portrayals of Hindu deities, asserting that such language would not be tolerated, and action should be taken against those responsible.
The play showcased the rehearsal journey of actors involved in Ramlila, intending to offer a unique perspective. However, it faced criticism for being confusing and was defended by the artists as an exploration of the actors’ experiences rather than a mockery of Lord Ram.
In response to the incident, Shiva Barole, the ABVP unit chief at Pune University, highlighted objections to offensive depictions and the subsequent attempt by Lalit Kala Kendra students to confront ABVP members. Barole reported the matter to the police, calling for the filing of a case against the alleged offenders.
Confirming the incident, the Chaturshringi police station official stated that it was a verbal confrontation between the students and ABVP members. Both groups have been summoned to provide their statements.