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It so happened that few days ago in August 2012, while i was lazing around on a sunday afternoon, i came across a program on TV. That program was about life of women, the role she has to play, the sacrifices that she has to make etc. The program was filled with skits from famous plays, poems, one-act plays and monologues.

During that program, the actors enacted one part of this play as well. I was wonderstruck by those 10 minutes. After i saw that sequence on the TV, i immediately recalled that this play was on stage when i was in my 10th grade. And i was not allowed to watch this play and was given the reason that the subject matter is for mature audience. After seeing / listening to those 10 minutes i quickly realized that i would not have followed this play had i seen it that time. I then decided to search for this play on the net. But to my dismay, there wasn’t much available on the net as well. On You Tube also, i could not see any clip of that play.

The second time i bumped into this play was when i came to London in September 2012, before Ganesh Festival. I was surprised to see that one of my friends (Archana Bhakare) was enacting a monologue from this same play and i saw few rehearsals of the same and the final performance as well, which was stupendously performed by Archana. I was again left spellbound after listening  and watching that. And that’s when i decided that i definitely need to read this play, at least if i cannot see it anywhere. And my wish was also granted instantly, as Archana had the entire script of the play.

I began reading the play one night and then just voraciously read that complete play in one sitting. It was just amazing. The play is about four women and the life they are leading. These four women are from the same family; mother and her three daughters.

  • Mother (enacted by Deepa Shriram) has given birth to these three daughters out of wed-lock.
  • Elder sister Vidya (enacted by Vandana Gupte) is a mother of a baby girl and about to file a divorce as her husband is cheating on her and is having an extra marital affair.
  • Younger sister Vaiju / Vaijanti (enacted by Asavari Joshi) has issues with her husband as she feels that her husband is irresponsible and has a casual or over-confident attitude towards life.
  • Youngest sister Vini (enacted by Pratiksha Lonkar) is a college going girl and is in love with two men and advocates marrying them at the same time.

The story revolves around these characters and leads to an appealing end. Sunil Barve (Viren: boyfriend number 1), Milind Safai (Prakash : boyfriend number 2) and Prabodh Kulkarni (Shrikant : Vaiju’s husband) are the other male characters on stage. There are two more male characters which are backstage, one is Ashish, Vidya’s husband and Aaba, all the three daughter’s so called father.

The dialouges are so powerful and thoughtful that you tend to read them once again, after finishing them in one breath. The sequences are handled so impactfully that you just praise the writer unknowingly. This play is written by Prashant Dalvi. Hatts Off to him !!! Seriously. I have not seen the play but, i can definitely say that Chandrakant Kulkarni (the director) must have created masterpiece out of this, on stage.

There are certain sequences in the play that just leaves an indelible mark on your mind. For example:

  • the sequence where Aai explains Viren about why mother is on the receiving end always and why is she called a ‘tension queen’,
  • monologue where Vidya reprimands her husband,
  • the sequence between Aai and Vini about the two men in her life and how to deal that situation,
  • the scene where Vaiju expresses helplessness over the life she is leading with her husband.

One most prominent thing that i realized strikingly about this play was, all the characters are so well defined and so perfectly sketched that, you really start connecting with them very well. And that’s where the success of writer (Prashant Dalvi) lies.

After reading the play, now i seriously feel that if this play is put on-stage once again, i am sure this will still create the same magic that it created way back then. By the way, this play was first staged on 15th August 1991. And if you look at the content of this play, it is too ahead of times, for that period of early 90’s. I would still feel, even in these times as well. But i seriously would like to make an appeal to all the great marathi actors / directors to please bring this play back on-stage, so that people like me, who have missed it, will at least get a chance to see it. Amen..!

K Sarang