The 8th edition of International Theatre Olympics is scheduled to be held in India during 17 February to 8 April 2018. A spectacular celebration of world theater is going to take place all over the country. We were invited to the press conference organised to announce this gala event and here is a curtain raiser.
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!
Based on the life and works of Sadat Hasan Manto – Dafa 292 evoked mixed emotions. The play touched social issues in parts without being preachy at all. “Teen Khamosh Auratein” had audience in splits.
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