Monday, December 26, 2011

Kshitij's Rajatotsava - Ab na banegi dehri - a review

"Ab Na Banegi Dehri" is a book that I have loved. So when one heard about its dramatization, one moved heaven, earth, and everything in between to go for it.


The play was a production of Kshitij – a 25 year old theater group, that is, incidentally, celebrating its silver jubilee this year. Only on going there did one realize that the group has nsd alumni (yes one is biased and all that)

It is very difficult to bring the tenderness of a love story on stage. It is even more difficult to do it when the love story is supposed to be “covert” – hidden. On a stage, you do not have the advantage of camera angle, close up shots, or location.

And yet, the magic of the love story was so beautifully brought out on that stage… one saw love happen while the rest of the world went about its everyday life… we saw the pain , the fear, the wanting to hold back but not being able to…

In this play.. almost everything was outstanding.. but what stood out the most, was the acting. Everyone from Mukaddam Chacha to the lead pair to Nandu.. everyone stood out.. there were multiple characters… and each one stayed with the viewer on the way home.. as did the questions raised by that play…

My jackpot moment of the day? Sitting right next to the author – Padma Sachdev ji, for a brief while, and hearing from her about the story.. :-) Yes, she was there to see it.

5 comments:

Chiya said...
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Chiya said...

"we saw the pain , the fear, the wanting to hold back but not being able to…"

I have a very strong feeling of missing something very important.

Onkar said...

I am yet to read the story. Thanks for pointing out.

देवास दीक्षित said...

Thank you for putting this review. I'm glad you liked it. :) Thanks

देवास दीक्षित said...

Thank you so much for this review. I'm glad you liked it... :) Thanks