Nadira Babbar’s play engages audience

  • SD Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 08, 2014 11:55 IST

Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi in collaboration with Mumbai-based Ekjute theatre group presented a playwright ‘Ye hai Bombay Meri Jaan’ by film actor and director Nadira Zaheer Babbar at the Tagore Theatre here on Saturday.

Written and directed by Babbar with comprehensions of the dirty realities of struggling artists, who flock to the glamour city to cherish and translate their dreams to success. The 130-minute drama spectacle is a veritable balance of diverse forms of lighter situational comedy as well as grim tragic stances.

Actors re presented ethos of various regions, including UP, Bihar, Haryana and Maharashtra, who share the pain anguish, joy and sorrows living in a crammed and dingy room. Except at few instances, they stood united even for their arrogant landlady, whenever she was in trouble.

Without any conventional story line, the play kept the audience in a good humour, mainly through a mix of stylised acting and adherence to perfect punching timings. Besides, the play was weaved in the backdrop popular theme of the Indian cinema. The play touched various socio-cultural issues like life of non-Maharshtrians in Mumbai, creditable courage of Mumabikers standing up against ter rorist attacks and more.

Sangam Gupta, Mithilesh Maihar, Manav Pande, Amit Jairath, Arif Ali, Neha Sheikh, and above all Hanif Patni were in the cast. Savita Bhatti, Kamal Tewari and GS Channi felicitated Babbar.

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