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    With Rajit Kapur, Shernaz Patel and others from Mumbai, Rage Productions’ latest promises comedy with a healthy
    dose of satire

    In the words of the redoubtable Rajit Kapur, the second part of One on One—which loops together several short plays—is a collage of modern India. And for actor-director Puja Sarup, the production “is a dosa platter, of many dosas, different chutneys and sambhar.”
    Like its previous edition, the Rage Productions’ play will see a bunch of artistic talent come together in the form of playlets, lasting 12 to 15 minutes, in one evening. Even as veterans like Rajit Kapur and  Akarsh Khurana return with newer directorial pieces, new additions like Sarup are a part of the ensemble.

    Short & sweet
    In its Chennai debut, the play will include seven playlets in Hindi and English, says Kapur. Are they an attempt to lure in audiences with brief attention spans? “That is likely the last reason,” says the actor, who immortalised detective Byomkesh Bakshi on television. “Sometimes, there are wonderful pieces of writing that are not a full play. And still, they say so much. This is primarily an effort to bring them on stage,” explains Kapur, who has acted and directed a monologue, Nobody, in this medley. “This collage is a great idea which allows more people—be it writers, directors or actors—to be on one platform,” he adds.
    Khurana, who has directed two plays in the second edition, says the production will make for an interesting evening of variety. Majnu, his Hindi and Urdu play, is a soulful piece on the futility of war—shown through the story of two soldiers in Kashmir. The second, a more fun, contemporary piece, Lights, Camera, Action, is a day in the life of a harried producer in Bollywood, who finds himself a victim of the system.

    Subject matters
    Sarup has directed a piece for this production on the final moments of a bride before she enters matrimony. Speaking of her monologue Dulhaniya, played by Shikha Talsania, she says it is festive on the surface, but there’s more to it. On a personal level, the play was exciting because she worked on it when she was a bride-to-be. Speaking of the production, she says it carries a medley of different moods with an amazing ensemble of actors. “As an audience, there will be at least one piece that will draw you,” she says.
    Theatre artist Anu Menon is also part of the production, with a monologue I’m every woman. “It’s on motherhood, womanhood, her good days and bad days and everything in between,” says the actor, popular in her TV avatar as Lolakutty, adding that she is excited to have worked with Faezeh Jalali, a director with a different style. “She is known for movement-oriented plays. There was so much moving about on stage that, during rehearsals, I didn’t work out at all,” she says. The event, brought down by Cherry Pick Ventures, is in aid of flood relief and stars Neil Bhoopalam, Hussain Dalal, Vrijesh Hirji and Gopal Datt, among others.

    Rs 300 onwards. On January 23, at Sir Mutha Hall, at 7 pm. Details: eventjini.com
    —Sharadha Narayanan

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