HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: Here’s to the ones who dream

The protagonist, Kisan leaves his village in Uttar Pradesh with little more than a dream

mumbai Updated: Feb 06, 2017 14:03 IST
Aayushi Pratap
Aayushi Pratap
Hindustan Times
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Artistes perform ‘The Struggler' at the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Fort on Sunday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)

Each day, thousands of people flock to this city, dreaming of making it big. While some see success, for others, that could take a lifetime.

The Colonel & Co theatre section of the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival showcased one such story of a struggling music director living in Lokhandwala — who spent 10 years looking for a break — in a play aptly titled ‘The Strugglers’.

For 60 minutes, the protagonist, Kisan — who leaves his village in Uttar Pradesh with little more than a dream — took the audience through his struggles.

Despite doing all he can — from following the advice of a fortune teller to doing odd jobs for a music director — Kisan fails to find work in the city. To ease his pain, he meets his friends — a writer and an actor who are also strugglers — for drinks. They are often accompanied by Sam, a corporate professional.

In the final scene, we see a Kisan who has not only made it big as a music director, but enjoys the perks that come with it.

Srinit Misra, 28, the corporate lawyer who played Kisan, won the hearts of the audience with his performance. “We’ve been practising for the past three months. It was sometimes a struggle, but we managed,” he said.

Anjum Attar, a sales executive, said the play moved her. “Kisan’s monologues were amazing,” she added.

Pranav Chandekar, 21, a student at Rizvi college said, “This is my second visit to HTKGAF, but I watched a play here for the first time. I’m glad I did.”

“The actors performed exceptionally well. Even though I’m an engineering student, I could really relate to their struggles,” he added.


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First Published: Feb 06, 2017 09:54 IST