‘Do Kaudi ka Khel’ is a Hindustani adaptation of German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s popular play ‘The Threepenny Opera’ by Parimal Dutta. It bares the rise of the corrupt in different realms through unethical means. ‘The Threepenny Opera’ in turn was originally based on John Gay’s ‘Beggar’s Opera’. Dutta had made certain aberrations to structure the play in present day’s Indian milieu.
The play is a satire with universal appeal as it highlights the degradation of values.
To make the play more relevant for illustrating the theme, the plot has been woven around diverse characters like beggars’ gang, dacoits and police. The beggars get tired of begging and resolve to opt for vocations like politics. While many become political leaders and claim old association with martyrs like Ram Prasad Bismil, Bhagat Singh, others prefer to be modern dacoits who commit crimes in cities and not in ghats or jungle.