Afsana, the finale of Bharat Rang Mahotsav is about two middle aged men who became friends after one of them ran over the other’s wife! Both wannabe writers – one got published while the other was struggling with cancer. There is terrorism and cross dressing, mock murder and more kebabs!
The story of an attractive manservant and a counts daughter – “Ms Julie” talks about class divide and the struggle of human beings in getting the person they want as their partner. It’s as difficult and complex for a servant as it is for a rich classy woman.
The play was unapologetic about the gimmicks and was a mélange that displayed – yes!- the confusing relationship between Kashmir and India. With oodles of sensitivity, in a remarkable span of 45 minutes, the play conveyed the impact of the problem on common people. The stunts teased the senses and were visual as well as conceptual delight. That said, the Jana-Gana-Mana seemed contrived
The play, directed by Salima Raza, is based on a bunch of letters that Faiz Ahmed Faiz, the revolutionary Pakistani poet and his wife Alys Faiz exchanged over a period of four years while he was in jail. In the course of the play, the protagonists read out their respective letters that they wrote to the other.