Sons of Babur
The play is a re visit to Babur's unexpected arrival in India and his unusual return to God; Humayun's awkward exit from India and then from this world too; Akbars 'ntolerance'(to religious bigotry); Jahangirs love for wine, women and Kashmir; Shah Jahan's monumental love for his beloved wife; Aurangzeb's love for the best of the both worlds and Bahadur Shahs Zafar's desire to be remembered not as the 'Last Emperor of India', but the 'First Emperor of Democratic India'.
Succinctly speaking, while watching this play, one cannot but in turn be enamored by the benevolence of the Mughals, feel disgust at their ambition, become fearful of their cruelty and also admire their ability to unite diverse populations into an entity called 'Hindustan'. The play is written by noted politician-writer and the former External Affairs Minister of India, Salman Khurshid. It is also the first directorial venture of Tom Alter.
The play features some of the prominent actors of the country; including Himanshu Srivastava as a Delhi University History Student, Niti Phool as Jodha Bai, M Sayeed Alam as Babur; and inimitable Tom Alter as Bahadur Shah Zafar, who in the past has portrayed, with finesse and flair, Bahadur Shah Zafar The Emperor in Lal Qile Ka Aakhri Mushaera, Maulana Azad in Maulana Azad, Ghalib in Ghalib. Last but not the least, the play is produced by Pierrot's Troupe - the theater company credited with giving many new, original and entertaining productions to Hindi, Urdu and English Theatre: Ghalib In New Delhi, Maulana Azad, CutCutCut, Big B, Ghalib, K L Saigal, Sons of Babur, 1947, Ghalib Ke Khat, Shah Jahan O- Mumtaz, Pakistan Aur Alzheimers, To Gandhi Ji With Spelling Mistakes, Tumko Chahoon, Raja Nahar Singh etc.