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A charade with love

RANJANI GOVIND

The simple storyline and breezy acting made `Divorce Me Darling' an engaging affair.



CELLULOID INSPIRATION: A scene from `Please Divorce Me Darling'. PHOTO: M. Srinath.

The play, `Please Divorce Me Darling" might not have left the audience in splits as the promos promised but it did provide them with some relaxing moments. The show, which had Rajesh Khattar, Rati Agnihotri and Vandana Sajnani in the lead,was brought to the city by Media Mix and staged at the Music Academy past weekend.

Minor changes

With the storyline borrowed from David Dhawan's flick, "Maine Pyar Kyon Kiya" wherein Salman Khan, Susmita Sen and Katrina Kaif form the `trio heading to combat an emotional whirlwind of love,' the play, written and directed by Vandana Sajnani, retained the celluloid version with minor changes in the characterisation.

The dialogue should have been crisper and hard-hitting, in order to strike a rapport with the audience. Nevertheless, the simple sets, the smooth flow of ideas and some engagingly casual histrionics took the proceedings forward with the audience never failing to capitalise even on a half-chance to laugh.

The play has the dentist Amit Kapoor struggling to cope with girls clamouring for attention. Out comes a stream of lies about his supposed marital status and children. His secretary-cum-nurse Sonia (a touch-me-not character played by Rati) is a perfectionist and advises him on everything, sartorial to hairstyle.

Complication

The plot thickens as Priya, one of the friends, wants some concrete assurance from Amit on their relationship. This time Amit too is tempted but finds himself a victim of his own lies. Priya demands to see his (non-existent) wife and children... and what is more wants the divorce to happen on mutually agreed terms. Amit ropes in Sonia to act as the wife and all hell breaks lose. Amidst the chaos Amit discovers something.

The sub-plot has Tamil, Punjabi and Gujarati people with strong regional accents walking into the clinic. The bachelor-neighbour of Priya is included just for the masala factor and of course to add to the confusion.

Some lively scenes at the discotheque brought the audience on their feet. What does deserve a mention are the disco numbers as "Dillagi", "It's the time to Disco", and "Just Chill Out" which were thoughtful interludes.

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