Monday 15 April 2024

"Purane Chawal" - Hindi play by D for Drama staged at NCPA (Mumbai) on 07.4.2024

 The clash of two oldies 

( हिंदी में समीक्षा के लिए -   यहाँ क्लिक करके क्रम सं. 46 देखिए )

Habits take long to depart and egos take whole life.  And when it is the matter of a theatre artist then what is the most prominent is ego which remains sacrosanct even after innumerable setbacks.

How it looks like when the incredibly successful and long partnership of two comedy stars is tried to revive once again after decades. It's not like a soft gentle tap on the musical instrument but like a musical instrument thrown upon another producing the severest cacophonous sound, What is special the realistic manner in which the ego clash of the two is portrayed. One of them is somewhat better off living in the care of his married daughter. Another one is living in a 1 BHK at a far-flung suburban locality. Some producer want shoot a program taking both of them. Not to mention what happens afterwards is the details of ego clashes on most petty issues. One of such issues was whether one character will reply of "May I come in, sir?" with "Please come in" or "Aao". The audience rolled around in laughter on this. 

In another scene one artist is lying in bed and sending romantic signals to the nurse who is a widow. The most suppressed and civilised manner in which he conveys his message introduces you to a new kind of comedy which seems novice but is impulsive.  

This Hindi adaptation of  Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys done by Farukh Seyer never let you know that it is an adaptation. The dialogues are so natural that seems generated in the Indian ecosystem only.

The director Summet Vyas has been able to put the whole gamut of collision of two artists in its minutest detail. The ego clash manifests in almost every body movements of the artists and emphasis, pause in the dialogue delivery. Kumud Mishra and Shubhrajyoti Barat were the two star actors with Ghanshyam Lalsa/ Ishar Sunya, Ayesha Raza, Kirti V.A. Divyendu Saurav and Prashant Pandey as the supporting actors in this play. Sets were by Vivek Jadhav. Lights by Vikrant Thaker and Sound by Divyendu Saurav.

I thoroughly enjoyed the play and literally witnessed the loud guffaws coming out naturally at every dialogue delivery which were really witty.

Review by - Hemant Das ' Him'
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