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Impressive play

`Nissabdam' took a look at the goings on in corporate hospitals. Gudipoodi Srihari

Here is a sensible play, after all, based on what is happening around us and on contemporary problems. Titled Nissabdam, this was staged last week at Thyagarayagaba Sabha under the aegis of Rasaranjani. This was produced and presented by Vamsee Niranjan Kala Kendram. Actor and playwright B.P. Prasada Rao penned this play basing on reports that appeared in the regional press on the functioning of corporate hospitals.

He concentrates more on egoistic surgeons, who perform operations just for the sake of self-aggrandisement. Prasada Rao himself plays the role of a surgeon Verma, who takes pride in the record number of operations he performed. And his counterpart is a young man working in the same hospital as his assistant. The model case the playwright introduced is that of a girl, Sanjana (Ria) about to be married off, suffering from an abdominal pain. Verma writes in his case sheet that it is necessary that both the ovaries of the young girl be removed. His assistant Vijay does not agree as he believes only one ovary is was reported to be malignant and hence need not be removed.

The senior is upset at his junior's remarks and the disagreement blows into a major row. The girl's father comes to know of what has happened. And the case goes to Medical Council, which deputes two of its panel members to study the case. Verma is revealed to be a reckless surgeon who does not care for his patients. He is only concerned with his own image. The council debars him.

Sainath, playing Vijay, turned out impressive performance. Prasada Rao puts all his experience to test in projecting the egoistic Verma. He tops in the histrionic line. His directorial skills too were in view. The small stage of Thyagaraya Ganasabha was divided into two parts allotting one for surgery and the other for post-operative care. The lighting effects too were managed accordingly keeping that part where action was going on in bright focus. Bhavani Prasad as pathologist, C. V. S. Sastry as the chief of the hospital, Balakrishna Reddi as Raju and Narayana Swami, Sundara Rao, Maruti Kumar, Burra Prasad, T V Subbarao, Surya, Sanyasirao and Srilakshmi in other minor roles performed their roles well. Lighting and sets were well managed by Vijay and Ramasankara Sarma.

GUDIPOODI SRIHARI

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