An actor wears many hats throughout his or her career but Farhad Colabavala takes it quite literally in ‘Eight Kings’, a play about the eight Sultans who ruled Delhi during Nizamuddin Auliya’s time.
Written and directed by Vikramjeet Sinha, ‘Eight Kings’ sees Colabavala channel, all eight rulers, by donning a different turban for each part. Prior to that, the play begins with the Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta, who comes to Delhi during Mohammad Bin Tughlak’s reign and is told the history of the previous Sultans by a wandering fakir.
The Kalander speaks about the fickleness of fate and transient nature of political power, and ultimately how only love has triumphed over the centuries. The act of each Sultan will be supported by visuals of heritage structures in Delhi of that particular period.