Three Arts Club, in collaboration with Katyayani Theatre Group, recently hosted a three-day long theatre festival at Shri Ram Centre to celebrate the works of late actor-director Ramesh Mehta, better known as Gujarati cinema’s King of Comedy.
The festival presented Mehta’s popular satire Paisa Bolta Hai [a play which talks about the primacy of money in our lives through a maltreated menial], Uljhan [the first play staged by Indian Armed Forces which is a romantic comedy about an astute bluff-master getting outwitted by an attractive woman] and Under Secretary [a comic take on bureaucratic hypocrisy].
‘Ramesh Mehta was undoubtedly one of Hindi theatre’s greatest personalities and we are paying a tribute to the great man through this festival,’ said Sohaila Kapur, Director, Katyayani Theatre Group.
‘The best part about these plays is although they were written decades back, based on issues that India faced during 50s and 60s, they are still relevant in the present era. His predictions about the growth and attitude of the middle class are very accurate which still hold true,’ said Anuradha Dhar, general secretary, Three Arts Club.
The growth and success of the club and the group in which Mehta worked for over three decades, owes it all to the theatrical brilliance of the Ramesh Mehta, who’s also a recipient of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.