Created: Aug 19, , IST facebooktwitterincom Plot: As the name suggests, Charandas Chor , written by Rajasthani writer Vijaydan Detha and adapted into a play by legendary Indian theatre personality Habib Tanvir in , is the story of a thief named Charandas. He is a habitual thief who is on the run from the police after stealing a gold plate. Guruji agrees, but on the condition that Charandas takes a vow to always speak the truth. In jest, Charandas takes four vows — not to eat from a golden plate, not to ride an elephant in a convoy procession, never to marry a queen and become a king of a country.

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Read More Indian English Farther, there are liars, scoundrels, thieves, but they are men of principles as well. There are custodians of law, but they are breakers of it too. There are saints and sanyasis, but they run after money as well.

There are men of intellect, but it is very easy to deceive them. There are rich, affluent people, but at heart, they are the poorest. Affluent people like the landlord are poor at heart. He cannot share a kilo with those who have nothing. There are paupers, but at heart, they are very rich. The paupers like the peasant are rich in heart. Thus, the theme of the entire play is embedded in a remarkable juxtaposition of opposites, one after another. In the play, as has been pointed out, truth and lie go hand in hand.

Read More Indian English People who deceive and cheat others turn out to be humanitarian as well. The theme and the characters of the play reveal and depict paradoxes and contradiction of the society and the human nature in the dramatic umbrela. Charandas, the so called hero or the anti hero in the play is a thief, who steals golden plates. He is all the time chased by a policeman. He even enters into the temple and steals whatever he finds there.

Read More Indian English He is even not afraid of anything while robbing the queen of her five coins. Though Charandas snatches the belonging of a poor peasant but he also readily shares the sattu with him. But Charandas returns her ornaments because he cannot bear to see a woman weep. Overall, where a Munim is expected to guard the royal treasury, incidentally he steals. This is a great paradox. Charandas himself gets the opportunity of marrying a queen and becoming a king.

But he refuses because he wanted to keep his word. This is quite unexpected from a thief. The queen also suffers from a contradiction between the role of an administrator and a beloved. On the one hand, he is a thief, and thieves are not supposed to be humanitarian.

They are supposed to run away with whatever they get. But, Charandas never does that, he first steals and then returns. Oh sattuwala! Come here!

Charandas has stolen sacks of rice from the landlord. In the other instance, being faced a terrible famine in the village the peasant could not manage a single grain of food for three days to his children.

He came to the landlord to beg alms. But in spite of giving a single grain of food the landlord behaved badly and drove out him. With the help of Rawat dancers Charandas and the peasant came in disguise to the landlord house. When landlord and his servant were busy in enjoying the dace they stole all the sacks of rice. Then they distributed the rice among all the villagers. In this time the chorus sang, Charandas is not a thief because the landlord is undoubtedly greater thief than Charandas.

Being a thief Charandas steals in the night because stealing is his dharma but the landlord steals in the open daylight from the poor people. Landlord sucks the blood of common people and earns a lot but never shares a single grain of corn with the poor people. On the other hand, Charandas robs the wealthy and distributes the wealth among the poor.

He returns immediately whatever he has snatched. She is covered in ornaments from head to toe. The heavy jewellery comes to the sight of Charandas. Then he hits upon a plan to snatch the jewellery. He tells her that Chhotey Babu is seriously ill.

He keeps calling for his didi. Charandas insists her to accompany him as there is no time to be wasted. He is on the verge of death. The women readily go with him. After walking a few paces Charandas stops. He frightens her saying that a man was attacked there just the other day. He suggests her to take off her ornament and put it in his gamchha.

The woman does so. In the mean time she confesses that the jewellery is brought from Raigarh and the name of the jeweler is Ramlal. Then Charandas ordered the woman to hand them over to him for safety. The woman refuses to give it. Charandas snatches it. The woman calls him rogue and starts crying. She curses him. Charandas too starts crying. At last Charandas returns her ornaments because he can not bear to see a woman weep. Actually, Charandas inadvertently takes five vows before the Guru.

According to them, he will never eat in golden plate, never presides an elephant procession, never marry a queen and never be a king. He also says that he will never lie in future. No doubt, he does not give up stealing, but he also adheres to his oath of becoming a truthful man. Read More Indian English A thief is generally supposed to be selfish, mean and egocentric. Charandas happened to hear that a new Minister was coming to inspect the treasury.

He made a plan with his Guru. He also took the help of the Havaldar. The havaldar brought flowers and garlands. The Guru greeted the new Minister by offering garlands in such a way that he could see nothing. Thereafter, the Guru engaged the Minister to inaugurate a lot of shops and market places. He befooled the Munim and the sentries with his authoritative attitude. Charandas opened the chest and took only five gold coins just to make the queen know that she had been robbed.

After that Charandas returned the key to the Munim and left the place. But, Charandas is of a helping nature. He robs the landlord not for his own sake, but for the sake of the entire village.

He robs the Queen not to enhance his fortunes, but to make his presence felt. Later on, time tests him. He is given opportunity of leading a procession, marrying a queen, eating in a golden plate and becoming a king. But, he refuses to do any of the things. Had there been any other common man, he could have pounced upon this golden opportunity without caring for future consequences. Charandas is expected to surrender, but no, he is very firm. Read More Indian English This explains the nature of paradox.

He prefers to die rather than succumbing to all pressures. Another paradox dealt within the play is: Spiritualism versus Materialism. This is evident from the conduct of the Guru and the Priest. On the one hand, there is religion represented by the Guru and the Priest. As Guru is supposed to be a man of restraint, a man who has renounced all worldly considerations, a man who is selfless and benevolent.

The Guru in the play also asks his followers to give up their vices, and yet he is a man of this world, he is more concerned with money than with salvation. Is it salvation you want?

Just Give the guru his due Tanvir The Priest is also supposed to be a man of pious nature. Now, the priest in the play does perform ceremonies yet reading of many religious scripts fail to turn him into a man of wisdom.

He is not able to penetrate beneath the mask which Charandas is wearing. His heart leaps when he sees a basket full of golden ornaments. He is not here motivated by any humanitarian instinct. His eyes are set simply upon the precious booty which forces him to make Charandas stay there.


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