Play review: Ho Rahega Kuchh Na Kuchh
The subjects of suicide, love and the meaning of life are treated with unsettling specificity in the play.india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 14:51 IST
Ho Rahega Kuchh Na Kuchh
Anjala Maharishi, Harvinder Kaur
National Theatre Workers Alliance (NATWA)
2 hours (with no interval)
Ho Rahega Kuchh Na Kuchh is a play with a difference - a purely domestic apocalypse quietly raised to the level of a Greek tragedy through a lyrical dialogue between a mother and her daughter.
Directed by Mohan Maharishi, the play is an adaptation of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize winning 1983 drama Night, Mother. The play was staged in New Delhi's Shri Ram Centre on Saturday evening.
It is a taut and fluid drama that deals with the ultimate existentialist issues of a Christian family. It revolves around two characters Lucy Williams (Anjala Maharishi) and her daughter Jessie (Harvinder Kaur).
The subjects of suicide, love and the meaning of life - as huge as they come, are treated with unsettling specificity.
Jessie is quite disturbed and has fits occasionally. Divorced by her husband, Cecil, she lives with her widowed mother.
The play starts with Jessie's asking for her father's old gun, saying she needed it for protection.
But later, she shocks her mother by revealing that she was going to end her life as she was unable to bear the mental trauma.
The extreme decision of her daughter frightens Lucy. She tries to persuade Jessie not to kill herself and they argue about the reasons. But Jessie maintains her determination.
They are subsequently involved in a discussion in which both exchange secrets of their lives. Jessie explains to her mother how all her daily life's requirements have been arranged, so much so that Lucy too joins the daughter in preparing for the final end.
They come to know many things about each other that night - things that were kept secret all these years. Eventually, Lucy prepares for the bitter truth - that nothing can stop Jessie.
The play ends with Jessie pulling the trigger of her father's pistol and Lucy calling on her relatives for her last rites.
The two-hour play forces the audience to think of the meaning of life and relationships. It is a disturbing, honest statement about responsibility and courage.
The stage is a living room of an upper middle-class family with adequate lighting. Music is hardly used - only at the climax as Jessie shoots herself.
Anjala Maharishi, a veteran theatre actress, acts with gusto, so does Harvinder Kaur. For those theatre lovers who look for innovation and different ideas, Ho Rahega Kuchh Na Kuchh is quite a dekho.