As thespian director's cut was announced, the ace actor took centre-stage, the proscenium set to fire, and fully packed KL Sehgal hall burst into uncontrolled sobs.
Neha Lahotra re-lived 'Damini'- the Delhi gang rape victim, to the resounding echoes of shrieking cries of audience, as she orchestrated the harrowing experience of 'the dead girl' who presumably would have suffered through the hands of six demons who devoured hungrily upon her in the moving bus before rendering her as the lump of shredded meat and bones.
"Main Damini Bol Rahi Hun- a half an hour saga was a salutation to the departed soul. The storyline was picked from 'Damini' announcing herself, clad in bridal costumes and sharing her experience while being coming out of a half burnt pyre to speak to her brothers of the nation about her ordeal.
While Neha changes into "Damini' pounced upon by the six demons, she produced a horrifying anecdote of the entire episode as audience looked upon terrified, mum-struck.
Neha's soliloquy was loaded with queries to the media, journalists, ministers, law-makers as well as administrative paraphernalia of the system.
Conceived by Neha herself and written by her in association with Aaditya Bhanu, the act was assisted by Himanshu Darshan whose logistic and on set innovative support added flavour to the show. The act was directed by Vikram Sharma.
Balwant thakur, Natrang director, the chief guest on the occasion while showering praises on Vikram for taking up a contemporary and challenging task said that nation needs to wake up from the slumber. He said the play Damini has turned out to be a strong message for the whole nation from Jammu platform and such like endeavours from the city of temples would go a long way through theatroical efforts to revolutionise the Indian contemporary settings.