चलो ढूंढते हैं मुहब्बत की दुनिया / Let's find the Love World
ग़ज़ल -1 / Poem-1
तश्ना-लब है, जाम है, तुम पास हो, बरसात है
Oh this is night, the wonders of night not waning
Thirsty lips with a glass, you'r here and it's raining
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चलो ढूंढते हैं मुहब्बत की दुनिया / Let's find the Love World
ग़ज़ल -1 / Poem-1
"The real turban of a man is his woman who is still with you. Then, why are you weeping?" - Bhola Master tells this to the bitterly weeping Radhakant who is just to join the procession for his own second marriage. He was now crying relentlessly like a boy of Std Three. He could not bear the realisation of the extreme internal pain of his first wife who has been seemingly enthusiastic to the extent that she gave the sanctimoniously preserved headgear (paag) of him so that he could proceed for his second marriage.
"Lalka Paag" is the masterpiece of the iconic Maithili storyteller Rajkamal Chaudhary.
Maithili feature film “Lalka Paag” was shown in the Seminar Room, Near Gate No.1, University of Mumbai. The director Prashant Nagendra was present in the University premises on this occasion. Most of the viewers were non-Maihil but they said to this reporter that they were able to understand the storyline of the movie. Subtitles were also provided for their convenience.
There were many distinguished persons present on this occasion which included Bhaskar Jha (renowned Maithili/Enlgish litterateur and an expert on Maihili Movies), renowned TV actress Asmita Sharma, veteran Bhojpuri actor Gopal ji, TV actors Rajiv , Prof. Prasad Thakur, Researcher Vibha Jha, Mithila Media person Mala Jha and blogger Hemant Das ‘Him’ etc. A large number of students from Department of Communication and Journalism, Mumbai University watched the whole movie with full concentration which tells about the success of it's artistic quality.
After the show, this reporter asked the viewers about their quick response on the movie. Prof. Prasade Thakur said that notwithstanding the fact that the film has less dialogues, the director has succeeded in communicating his messages through the visual language. This movie is full of the fragrance of Maithili culture. Student Atharva Aloni said that the movie is woman-centric and does not allow the language to come as a barrier in communication. He said that he liked the work of the lead actress a lot even though she was not a professional actor. Student Vinay Yadav and Nilesh Sauthane also praised the movie for the portrayal of pristine Mithila culture. One of the distinguished person said that this is one of the movies which has been shot in the natural ambience of the characters just like in Malyali movies.
The film was directed by Prashant Nagenrda and was acted by Meena Gautam, Roshan Raj, Shweta Verma and others.
While talking to this reporter the director of the movie Prashant Nagendra said that the even though the movie was completed with a lot of perseverance in terms of music, acting and cinematography it could not get a commercial release because of some legal hurdles. One can watch the videos of songs, best scenes and promos which are easily available on google and can get mesmerised by extremely poignant story supported by heart-wrenching acting and touching songs and other ingredients of a successful movie. Prashant seems to be somewhat depressed the way people stood between it's commercial release time-to-time with wrong reasons as he calls it.
Let us now talk something more about the organiser and some of the guests of the event. Vibha Jha is the person who took initiative for organising it with the help of Mass Communication Deptt of Mumbai Univ. She told us that the veteran actor Mr. Gopal is the first generation actor in Maithili, Magahi and Bhojpuri movie world. Rahul Sinha is the lead actor in Muralidhar's "Sajana ke angana me solah shringar". Rajeev Singh is the main villain in the movie "Sasta jingi mahag sindur". Mona Ray is the lead actress in the same film. Her husband Rakesh Tripathi is a well-known actor and director of Bhojpuri and Maithili cinema.
|A scene from the feature film "Lalka Paag"|
You need to be mad to win your fad. Theatre is an obsession and can hardly be called a profession. There are innumerable thorny crosses you need to negotiate before you establish yourself on theatrical stage. And even after you become a well-known actor, the struggles continue. The play "Baaswaada Comapany" gives a nonchalant view of what and how about the life of drama artists. The instance shown is of a drama team working in a far-flung area of Rajasthan and the director who is also the author of the play has successfully preserved the sanctity of regional language and accent.
The script does not proceed with hardbound storyline and allows the director to show different instances of internal happenings in a drama team. These unstructured events covers perhaps a span of a number of years.
There is an excellent senior artist in the team but on even smallest unagreeable statement by other, he leaves the precincts. He is unmarried at 43 of age and a tippler. Her mother is concerned how shall she arrange food after two days but this artist is only concerned about his drama. There is a sponsor man who only thinks about his money-back and so he stresses on keeping original female artists. During the show of Ramleela the artist given the role of 'deer' puts up the mask of 'horse' and spoils the scene. Ram asks him to go and bring his friend 'deer' so that he can kill him with his arch as wished by Sita. On this the director somehow convinces Ram to get satisfied with killing a horse only as it is he who is available at this time. After Ramleela, the entry of an attractive foreigner female artist the internal optics of the team is on topsy-turvy. Though she raises the charm and value of the team manifold but ultimately cheats the sponsor and flees away.
And many a fact emerge from that. Some of them are - 1.The master of a drama company has always to tread on a tight rope dealing along with all his senior-junior artists also the sponsors of the shows, 2. The most talented and devoted actor is also the moodiest one, 3. The social dynamic has a direct reflection on the drama team viz. caste and religious conflicts, 4. The drama company generally believes in many kinds of superstitions, 5. The talented female artists are also vital for the success of the show. Without them your show is incomplete, 6. Some member may ditch the company at certain point of time. But the last and most important takeaway is the art of drama costs an artist his whole of life. He gives all he has to his muse but gets nothing more than an internal satisfaction. And that is why a drama artist must be respected in the society. The dramas that are shown are not only pieces of entertainment but are very condense media of thought transmission, the main plinth of the progress of human society.
The play is made up of the scenes of the rehearsals and shows of two different poles of dramatic art - One is Ramleela and other is Shakespeare's Othelo. Comedy emerged from the dereliction and mis-performance by the artists which were somehow stringed together instantaneously in a conducive manner. These scenes were deliberate and parts of the script.
Artists who acted well were Amrit Arora, Jaswinder Singh, Prakash Parida, Akash Bhanushali, Aditi Charak, Akshat Jain, Anuj Khurana, Varun Pawar, Elakshi Moray Gupta, Mohan Sagar, Nikhil Modi, Sachin Bhatt, Ranjana Sharma, Himanshu Aneja, Ishan Pehal. Director Niresh Kumar who is also an author is from NSD has shown his mettle in converting the common life happenings of drama artists in a presentable play. This was their maiden show.
One thing I have to say is that the play has declared duration of 1 hour 10 minutes but it ran for more that 2 hours, I think.
The main motive of the play was perhaps to make it a comedy but it turns out to be a balanced mix of comedy and thought-provocation. A good play worthy to watch.
हिंदी में समीक्षा के लिए - यहाँ क्लिक करके क्रम सं. 11 देखिए
Stuck in the blitzkrieg of reels and live streaming, is there something called "real life" left in our social ethos? This is an era where all of your feelings, emotions and experiences have reduced to the instances of showbiz. Social media platforms like Whatsapp, facebook, instagram etc. have ransacked the basic fabric of human life.
A middle-class couple have a young daughter. The mother is an ultra-extrovert modern woman who is always eager to openly discuss her sweet sixteen fantasies even before her blushing daughter. Her docile husband takes care of household chores and somehow manages his nuptial bond to wife who cherishes a socialite persona for herself. Their daughter is suffering from severe kind of electrophobia i.e. fear of electricity. That is why she has grown seclusive to all electrical gazettes to the extent that she shivers heavily when a mobile phone rings.
Well, a prospect boy from already known faces is pointed out and the girl is encouraged by her parents to go on date with him. Filled with tender romantic feelings the beautiful girl goes to meet the prospect but to her dismay the boy is nerdy. The boy on the very first date reveals that his first love is his books of Electrical Engineering. The girl is about to feint but somehow controls herself.
Nothing comes out in the first date and they agree to meet again. Then a problem comes to surface that the prospect boy has a girlfriend. Now the parents lose all hopes for this match. The reasons are two- One, their daughter has a mental disease of fearing from electricity and Second, that boy already has a girlfriend.
Now when that boy meets his original girlfriend who is a dazzling stylish lady, he finds that she is always engaged in show off. She would suddenly start dancing with him, would start a romance chat, would show her coquets and styles but would never participate in serious talk. In place of attending to the real relationship issues She would would rather prefer livestreaming her break up spat on social media. Breaking relation to such a nasty girl, he goes to give his marriage offer to the girl who is afraid of mobile ringing.
The directors and actions have done nice work. The natural rhythm of the story was well-maintained by the directors. The dichotomy of feelings and show off is beautifully etched out in the script and the characters playing the young daughter, prospect boy and his girlfriend did their best to make this dichotomy clearly visible to the viewers. The actors playing the mother and the father were also successful in showing two different approaches of rearing child. Those who acted in it were Nyasa Bijalani, Atherva Kelkar. Anil Mishra, Mallika Bajaj, Rahul Raj C, Nitasha Sharma and Varun Chawla. The directors were Subramanian Namboodiri and Sukaran Chhabra. The script was prepared by Jeff Goldberg and one of his associates.
The trembling body of the daughter should be associated with light and sound effects. The parental fight should be more intense that reaches a full-blown war level each time and then cools down suddenly. After these changes, there would be no need of double-meaning dialogues for humour.
Definitely this play is not only successful in entertaining the viewers but is also able to raise the most pertinent issue of mobile aka social media menace in an emphatic manner. And I would succinct as "Behind all the glamour and glossiness there is a human heart and the feelings unseen by others matter the most".