How paradoxical are our lives are! We live in a conservative society in a modern country. There are some who dare to experiment with unconventional things while there are others who prefer to remain behind closed doors.
Madhav Mehta belongs to the former category. This 22-year-old theatre artist has come out with his directorial debut, titled Kasturba Panda ki Pantie. The 75 minute production is presented by Epic Shit Entertainment.
The play is the story of Kasturba, the frustrated wife of a failed businessman named Ranjan Panda. Since his business isn't doing good, he plans to rent out parts of his Sundar Nagar home but does not find too many takers. One day Kasturba gets to know that superstar Salman Khan will be coming to the famous Sundar Nagar Diwali mela. Kasturba, being a huge Sallu fan, rushes to the mela to catch a glimpse of the superstar. As she stretches on her tiptoes to get a good view of the man, her petticoat and panties slip off. And all of a sudden, the number of parties interested in taking up Ranjan’s rental offer skyrockets.
The play is a one-man show, played by Farhad Colabavala who dresses as all the different characters in the play. It is a narration followed by dialogue. 'It's a solo performance by Farhad which explores the state of a modern, conservative, married Indian woman in Delhi. I have known Farhad for four years and we have done theatre together. I adapted this play only keeping him in mind,' said Madhav.
'Doing this one-man show has been challenging, but overall a very enriching experience. Switching between characters without losing the flow has been a learning experience, which has helped me evolve as an actor. It’s been a really fun process, working with such a great team of people backed by an absolutely hilarious script,' said Farhad.
Madhav says his play is not meant for the general theatregoers. 'To begin with, the story is not in your usual play format. This format requires the play to be much tighter, with acting at a different plane to hold the attention of the audience. It belongs to an adult comedy genre and also caters to feminist thoughts at the same time,' he said.
And that must be noted.
At: Akshara Theatre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place
When: 22-24 February
Timings: 4 pm and 8 pm
Tickets: Rs 400