To celebrate the 100th birth centenary of the famous Urdu writer Ismat Chughtai, a play based on her story Gharwali was staged at India Habitat Centre. The play, directed by Shuddho Banerjee, questions the ideas of sexual freedom, role of marriage and other associated issues in the Indian society. The actors are amateurs but the storyline, direction, songs and dances compensate. All together this is an apt Saturday evening watch.
“As Simple As That” is an Iranian film directed by Reza Mirkarimi. It depicts a common issue – the loneliness of a housewife. The film is a brilliant example of how a mundane every day phenomena can be transformed into a poignant piece of cinematic art. This film was screened in Delhi courtesy Iran Culture House and Habitat Film Club.
Self image is often a function of the idea of that perfect size that we instil from the world around us. Almost everyone aspires to be slim and others waste no time to sit in judgment on people who are not. Saba Rahman has explored this notion in the documentary The F word. She has displayed enormous maturity by not passing a judgment on the issue and has left it to the audience to draw their own conclusions.
This Cineplay by Mahesh Dattani was an average experience. The comedy was lackluster, acting amateurish and the script had very little freshness to offer. Not engaging enough for an hour and fifteen minutes duration.
An abstract but interesting play in Hindi, English, Bengali, French, written and enacted by Kalki Koechlin and directed by Manav Kaul. The theme is demystifying Tagore in contemporary times.
Plaza suite a multilingual play in three acts. It is about a certain suite in a posh hotel and the incidents there. Entertaining and most suitable for weekend watch.
The All American Diner is perhaps the first American style food joints of Delhi. Located inside India Habitat Centre, this place emits good vibes. Our all time favourites are Sunrise Skillet (also a must try as per Zomato listing) and pancakes with maple syrup, honey etc.
Good music breaks barriers as it has a language of its own. Dr. M Balamuralikrishna, a living legend of Carnatic music (remember the DD national integration song ‘Mile Sur Mera Tumhara’), performed at IHC on 16th November. We could not follow the lyrics in Tamil / Sanskrit. But that did not come in the way of our experience in enjoying the concert.
Is sex the new foreplay, to find something meaningful? Ashwin Gidwani and Saurabh Shukla’s “2 to Tango 3 to Jive” touches the raw nerve of everyone who is on a look out to find that “something missing” in their marriage.
The story of a little girl from Chhatisgarh becoming – Teejan Bai – the torch bearer for Pandavani, is legendary. Teejan Bai performed ‘Subhadra Haran’ in Pandvani. Incidentally, Pandavani is a folk theatre form from Chhatisgarh where stories from the Mahabharat are narrated like a ballad.