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Review of Aadhe Adhure

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By Manju Sampat

Aadhe Adhure, is a powerful play, written by Mohan Rakesh, that deals with a dysfunctional family who seem to be caught in a web of unhappy circumstances and relationships. Savitri (Komal Chhabria), is a middle aged woman living with her spineless husband Mahindra (Ashok Pandey), 
and her three children. Ashok (Uddhav Vij) is the eldest and is a good 
for nothing, unemployed wastrel. Then comes Binni (Saadhika Syal) who 
eloped with Manoj, but is back home as her her marriage does not seem to 
be working out. Her husband accuses Binni of carrying unnecessary 
‘emotional baggage from her maternal home. Lastly there is the teenaged 
Kinni, (Urvazi Kotwal) who is head strong and rude to everyone in the 
family.

Savitri is totally frustrated with her lot, especially with Mahindra, 
who has failed to provide her with any emotional or financial security. 
She feels totally let down by her husband and she sees him as a weakling 
who is being taken advantage of by his friend Juneja. So it is Savitri 
who has to support the family by working in an office. Mahindra is 
equally frustrated and thinks he is treated like a ‘rubber stamp’ at 
home, and feels most sorry for himself.

Savitri’s boss, Singhania comes visiting and she hopes that he can use 
his contacts to get her good for nothing son, a job. Ashok is totally 
contemptuous of Singhania and his raucous laugh and disgusting habit of 
scratching himself. Ashok Pandey is excellent as the uncultured 
Singhania. In fact Pandey plays five roles most convincingly, including 
the role of Juneja, who Savitri is most resentful of, as she is 
convinced he cheated her husband in their financial dealings
.
Everyone seems to be getting on each others nerves and this tension and 
claustrophobic atmosphere pervades to the audience as well. Finally 
Savitri can’t take it any more. She decides to leave her family and go 
away with an ex flame, Jagmohan, another role played by Ashok Pandey! 
Incidentally Pandey is also the director of this play, as well as the 
faceless

Everyman’s sutradhar, symbolic of how many people are caught in 
similar unfulfilling relationship webs. Pandey does indeed wear many 
hats!
The play is tautly written, and the language used by the playwright is 
hard hitting and searing. The constant tension amongst the characters on 
stage makes this a dramatically powerful watch. Komal Chhabria gets 
under the skin of the protagonist Savitri, and gives a brilliant 
performance. She is emotive, expressive and totally convincing as 
Savitri. One can feel her pain and frustration. Ashok Pandey manages to 
play each of his five roles differently though as Mahindra he tended to 
mumble a lot and was barely audible at times. However, that might have 
been on purpose as he meant to share his secret frustrations with the 
audience without his wife listening! The three children also lend able 
support, and the influence of the Goldberg studios form of Method 
Acting on them, is very obvious. In the end, Savitri returns to her 
family as her foray with Jagmohan does not seem to have worked out, all 
men are the same, she feels. So she is back to where she started and 
the play has come a full circle.

The intimate setting of the Jeff Goldberg Studio is an ideal space to watch this play. Further shows are scheduled for May25th, 26th and 27th at 8pm at the
Venue: Jeff Goldberg Studio
621, Links Building, 4th Floor,
Corner of 14th Rd. & Linking Road, Khar.

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