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Of dreams and doings

Sutradhar's latest theatre offering was a take on modern life.



From left to right: Samrat Reddy, Mohd. Feroze Ahmed, Vijay Varma, Junaidullah and Nishant Velichary.

'KISI AUR ka sapna' staged by the students of the Sutradhar School of Acting as a part of their workshop revealed traces of expertise in handling, acting, music and cinematography. Needless to add, the alma mater lead by Vinay Verma is doing a creditable job producing wards of high calibre.

The stage play had three different playlets within itself, each being an attempt to stage a drama by a small group of potential actors. None of them reach a plausible conclusion owing to one dissenter

who was unable to adjust to the element of unreality that lies in creative activity. The end result was large doses of pure humour, punchy dialogues and parody respectively with each disjointed narrative. The interludes were aptly spiced with meaningful music from the film `Mera Naam Joker' bringing out the fact that drama artistes are often bitten by the bug of acting which may not be a viable proposition at all times.

The satire on `foreign imports obsession' is the crowning glory of `Kisi aur ka sapna'. The crazy king called Pest Monkey who ends up importing overseas grass to be grazed by his people instead of animals with his court sycophants is a gibe at the present day Indian fad to consume anything labelled `foreign'. He ends up parading semi-nude with his train of loyalists deluding himself as lord Indra draped in a royal costume of gossamer. The dissident actor calls for an abrupt stop to the play. A melee follows, another script is hatched, tried and deserted so on and so forth. Thus current issues of rampant corruption in public sector offices and youth taking to extremism were the second and third attempts at choice of subject for staging a play. The dissident actor represents common sense and reality that have lost their legitimate place in the scheme of things today. The actors (Samrat Reddy, Feroze Ahmed, Nishanth Rao, Vijay Varma and Junaid Ullah) all in casual working dress displayed natural ease in dialogue delivery, sans mikes and gestures, though there was not much scope to watch them emote. The pithy scripts were racy and full of mirth. The 18-minute film, `Vichaaron ka Achaar' produced and directed by the Sutradhar Casting Agency, looked like an attempt at parallel cinema but turned out to be `in between' a documentary and a creative film.

The idea in trying to present Gen Next as something close to the mentally challenged was a brilliant one but the endeavour was wanting in finesse and artistic appeal. Cinematography especially in handling the lens in zooming in and out ended up a little hazy at times. Acoustics were up to the mark. Characters looked and acted convincingly enough. By and large it was a worthy intellectual effort.

R.K.

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