Sunday 12 May 2024

"Housewife ni hu tu tu tu"- Gujarati play staged in Tejapal auditorium (Mumbai) on 05.5.2024

 Secure backseat for males

( हिंदी में समीक्षा के लिए -   यहाँ क्लिक करके क्रम सं. 48 देखिए )


Every man inevitably suffers from a disease called male chauvinism. He takes a woman's potentiality for granted. So there is a play titled "Housewife ni hu tu tu tu" for giving befitting reply to the megalomaniac mankind.

Shobha Divan had never thought to get her personality overhauled as it happens after her husband Devdat Divan is hospitalised and she is forced to take care of business. But there, she proves her mettle. Her business acumen surprises all the employees in his Company. When her husband comes back to the house after recuperation he finds his wife in a new avatar of businesswoman. As he is now capable to take care of his business he orders his wife to go back to kitchen. But a lioness who has tasted the  blood can not be reconciled. There is a big fight as who would be a suitable chairperson of the Company - the husband or the wife? Now they it is to be decided by the fact as who can win the majority shareholders. An ugly wrangle ensues. As this is a family business enterprise, shares of the Company are basically held by the husband, wife and children and an uncle. Here also the wife is set to win as majority shareholders are likely to be in her favour but then the husband Devdat plays a trick and a daughter votes in favour of her father. How Shobha emerges from this conundrum this should be seen in the theatre hall.

The scriptwriter Imtiyaz Patel has put a lot of witty dialogues which delights the audence. But the most stunning was the charism of acting by the main actor Ketaki Dave. Her mimicry of manly mannerism filled the life with unabated guffaws. Having said this I must state that the treatment of this play suffers from the eternal dilemma -whether it should be inclined to humour or dealing the subject with due seriousness. The director Kiran Bhatt has taken good deliverance of acting from ohter actors also namely Shailaja Shukla, Parag Shah, Jigish Vyas, Hina Velani and Hitesh Upadhyay.

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Review by- Hemant Das 'Him'
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