Small News (Cultural) - Puja in Bengaluru
The play was written by Ashok Lal and directed by Rahul Datta. Actors were Girish pal, Raj sharma, Puja Jha , Chidaksha Chand , Sandeep Shrivastava, Tushar Pratap, Gaurav Shrivastava, Nikki Agrawal, Mayuresh Wadkar, Ajay sharma , Umesh Kapoor, Sneha Jaiswal, Krishna Nand, Yash Moonat, Shubham Tiwari, Raj Sharma, Akshay Bhandari, Ankit Pandey, Abhimanyu Tiwari ,Ratnesh singh , Mayuri , Sudipta , Akansha Singh , Aditi , Pratik Chaudhary, Piyush Yadav , Anju Punjabi , Chinmay Pandey , Sachin sharma , Aryan Raj , Imtaz khan , Manesh Pandit and Suresh.
The script is precise and deals unambiguously with a plot that might have been too hazy for others. This is rather a novelette that proceeds on three fronts simultaneously. One is neglect from son's family of the widower father the only bond remaining is voluptuous desires about the retirement benefits that Mr Awasthi is likely to get in near future. Other is the fight of a common man with the whole putrefied system that keeps all the shenanigans just for the vested interests. And third is the eternal quest to find a reason of happiness in this vapid world. It is also replete with several psychological motifs like support of an opposite gender makes a man stronger, strength of mind rules over the strength of body and many others. The script seems to be a masterpiece from the playwright Ashok Lal.
Actors gave a good show of their talent. Awasthi Ji did a marvelous job by modulating his sound and body movements matching to an infirm personality. The moment when goons are threatening him and he still laughs with his high spirit to win has become classy. The drunkard happy-go-lucky colleague had to tread very cautiously as he had to strike a balance between reveling lifestyle and possessing a sensitive spirit cognizant of all the duties of a responsible person. He did it in an impressive manner. The flatterer of Commissioner did an excellent job with the Commissioner showing the dignity and conceit of a privileged class flawlessly. The girl who gave the full day time to Awasthi to make him happy also showed her mettle in realistic acting, Her smiling face and speaking eyes left good impression over the audience.
Pandit and his associate did full justice to the roles assigned to them and lived the hypocrisy as if in real life. All other actors also played their roles well, What was lacking was some dramatic effect in acting of the lady minister who took recourse to strict realistic acting.
To synchronise the work of a big caste was not an easy task for the director Rahul Datta who did his job efficiently and with a required finesse. It was evident in the scene when all the workers of office and engaged in building the park and the goons arrive there to threaten Awasthi to desist from this work, Actually the progress of park building is a matter of file movement for the office but to show it as physical movements like arranging chairs and benches in the park by the workers seem to be the imagination of the director. His experiment of representing an abstract activity by a concrete work must be appreciated.
The show was not just an artistic venture it also contributed to the social cause of gerontological education which the nation needs badly and icing on the cake was the announcemnt that the show was dedicated to the flood affected citizens of Bihar.
Rahul Datta and his team worth a warm applause for presenting the genre of meaningful theatre in many respects.
Review by - Hemant Das 'Him'
Photographs by - Bejod India blog
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