A recently married couple, making their way through a deep forest encounters a bandit called Jabbare. A scuffle breaks out between the bandit and the groom, in which the groom is killed and the bandit rapes the bride. The rest of the play is devoted to the characters, recounting what happened in the forest.


Rashoman is a joint production of Aarohan Gurukul and Mandala Theatre-Nepal. Based on the story from renowned Japanese movie by Akira Kurosawa, the play involves various characters providing subjective, alternative, self-serving, and contradictory versions of the same incident. The play invites four different people to narrate one particular incident and it gets really confusing; because every character has a completely different version of what happened- their takes are colored by their own self interests. The play is an exploration of truth and human weakness. As the retelling of the trial unfolds the participants in the crime tell their plausible yet completely incompatible versions of the story. The play has been selected to be staged at Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2015 organized by National School of Drama, New Delhi.

Play Duration

70 minutes

Production Year



Sunil Pokharel

Based On

Japanese movie directed by Akira Kurosawa


Sunil Pokharel