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“Sukhanshi Bhandto Amhi” was indeed an enriching experience. According to me no other marathi play speaks so strongly and thought-provokingly on the subject of pschyo-analysis. This play speaks aloud on the questions that continuously are there in our subconcious minds but we purposefully try to ignore them. This play explores those repressed or unconscious impulses, anxieties, and internal conflicts. Each and every dialogue in this play is articulated so well and with so much meaning in it, that after listening them you are just left spell bound. Hats off to Abhiram Bhadkamkar for that.

The plot is about a character called Sadashiv (Chinmay Mandlekar), who is mentally unstable because he cannot ignore the honest and true questions that his mind constantly asks him and tries to question his conscience about matters relating to happiness, truth, honesty, success, hypocrisy in the current society etc. He happens to meet the psychiatrist, Dr. Shree (Girish Oak) and then the real journey begins. The conversation that happens between these two central characters throughout the play is just mesmerizing. The points that are raised by Sadashiv are so worth and thought provoking, that we too feel the heat of it while watching those. This play touches some of the basic topics like:

  • Hypocrisy in the current society
  • Relativity of Success
  • Definition of Happiness
  • Lost connection between mind, body and soul
  • Corruption

And many such related topics.

The subject matter is so impact-fully handled that it disturbs you somewhere. Though the real pain that Sadashiv goes through is portrayed for the sake of the play, but each and everyone in the theatre personifies with it and that’s where the success of the play lies. The philosophy that Sadashiv presents is not presented in a complex manner and hence the lines that he says are interpreted very well and understood in a quick manner. The play basically talks about the simple things which we ignore, as we grow old or the other way round.

This play poses a very important question in front of all of us that: whether to follow that, what our mind certifies as correct or whether to ignore the inner voice and take a so called publicly accepted path, which may be wrong according to us or which may be against our wish. The main issue that disturbs Sadashiv is, can we not bring idealism in real life, that we read in books, that we see in movies, that we talk about. If not, then why do we live such double standard lives in the first place. (I instantly recalled “Dombivali Fast’, that movie as well speaks about this central issue, but with different perspective). For this question Dr. Shree (Girish Oak) tries to explain him that real world does not function in that manner.

I mean what Sadashiv says is perfectly correct but somewhere while watching the play I felt that what the psychiatrist Dr. Shree (Girish Oak) says is also correct. I mean you cannot always accept and act according to what our mind says or what is idealistic. Somewhere we have to be practical. That “being practical” may be against our wish but for our own good at the same time.

What I felt while watching the play, was Sadashiv (Chinmay Mandlekar) tries to see everything in black and white, whereas this world is grey and not completely white nor completely black. Each individual has his own sets of goods and bads. He/she leads life accordingly, justifying his/her acts based on his/her definition of good or bad. And hence its upto to the individual to decide what is good or bad for him/her. This is because this will ultimately decide whether he/she is happy or unhappy, whether he/she is successful or unsuccessful etc. That’s where this play suggests one wonderful thought, “Sukh perala tarach sukh ugavata..!” (If you sow happiness, you reap happiness) and going forward I will say, “Te pratekacha wegwegla asta” (It’s relative and hence different for everyone).

I will not touch upon all the issues which Sadashiv (Chinmay Mandlekar) has discussed in the play in detail, in this article. For that I strongly recommend everyone to really see this play, which will make you think over on our overall lifestyle and the way we look at success and happiness.

Lastly I would like to salute Chinmay Mandlekar and Girish Oak for their stupendous performances. Other characters have also played there part very well. Special mention of Abhiram Bhadkamkar for his thought provoking dialogues and his simplistic manner of writing. Guru Thakur has penned the beautiful background song which is very well sung by Suresh Wadekar.

Want some real food for thought…go watch “Sukhanshi Bhandto Amhi” …it will definitely make some paradigm shift…for sure!

K Sarang