It was conceived by award-winning novelist and playwright Mohan Rakesh in 1959. It has since been performed in various Indian languages around the country. It has also been enacted in English in New York named Halfway House. And now, this all-time classic play — Adhe Adhure — is being brought to the Capital by actor Lillete Dubey next weekend.
Lillete has not only produced and directed the act, she also plays the lead character Savitri, who is the breadwinner of her family.
Of her experience, Lillete says, “I have acted in over 40 films, many in Hindi. But this was my first-ever hindi play. This in itself makes it special for me. And my first Hindi play had to be Adhe Adhure. Over the years, we have done over 50 shows around the country and I am still excited to perform more because this is a classic in every sense. It is characterised by good writing, something that is a rarity in our country.”
Part of the cast and Lillete’s daughter, Ira Dubey adds, “This play looks at marriage in a very modern way although it was written over 50 overs years back. The characters might appear fragile but have inner strength that is their defining feature.”
Incidentally, it is also the first-ever Hindi play for Ira and veteran theatre thespian Mohan Agashe, who says, “In this amazing drama, we have a very sensitive take on male-female relationship. I play four different characters and that makes me feel complete as an actor.”
Catch it live
What: Adhe Adhure -- Hindi play
When: December 15
Where: Little Theatre Group Auditorium, Mandi House
Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line