A period drama that finds resonance across language boundaries
Meer Sahab falls in love with his neighbour’s 19-year-old daughter, Suraiya. Suraiya is in love with Tabish. Her father wants her to marry the charming young writer, Shaukat. The stage is set for a drama that transcends age, period or culture. But as it happens, Meer Sahab is a wealthy octogenarian Nawaab, squandering his wealth on two tawaaifs (concubines), Tabish his youngest son, and Shaukat, a close friend whose help he seeks in convincing the girl’s father to agree to the match. Phew! The result — an engaging comedy of errors – Bade Miyaan Deewane.
Adapted from Pakistani Urdu playwright, Janab Shaukat Thanvi Sahab’s novel Budhbhas by Mumbai-based theatre group, Rangbaaz, this one is scripted in a mix of Maulvi Urdu and Hindi. “It is a comedy that can be enjoyed even if you don’t follow the language completely. That’s something we have noticed across the various metros we have performed in,” says Imraan Rasheed, the play’s director and lead actor, who also writes screenplays for Hindi feature films. The most recent being Anurag Kashyap’s Shaitan, that he also acted in. Having performed nearly 40 shows around the country, this classic was chosen in order to “bring to life the innocent humour and interesting stories that make up the lives of the colourful characters from the small towns and villages of India on stage”.
Established in 2010 by Rasheed and fellow thespian, Pawan Uttam, Rangbaaz is an active player in the movement to revive Hindi theatre, especially in metros and second tier cities.
Also, on stage this evening is their second production, Jungle Book, a trilingual musical in Hindi, Marathi and English at 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm.
Rs. 300. June 7 and 8. 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm. At Rangashankara, JP Nagar. Details: 26493982