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Abhi Na Jaao Chodkar - PLAY HINDI DRAMA
Aug 25, 2016 03:30 PM 2703 Views
(Updated Sep 01, 2016 01:26 AM)

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An excited Mish(Vedica Bhandari) bounds on the stage as the play opens, excited at her first upcoming visit to Kashmir followed by the mum, Asha(Rashmi Sharma) who is sobering her down.In the middle of this they discover a letter written by Mish’s dad, Akash who as they learn to their dismay ashock and horror, has abandoned them and rejecting the film offer in Kashmir, gone off to Calcutta to teach in an acting school- and back to his wife. They learn via that letter that not only is he not going to provide for anymore financial support, he has also sold off their car and given the house on rent to his friend Monty Fernandez a struggling actor from Goa.


Mother and daughter are devastated. Can they ever trust an actor again?


A series of knocks later, enter( literally, since he has a spare key) Monty Fernandez(Zeus Paranjpayee) the man who the house has been leased to and who is equally shocked to discover the mother –daughter due with nowhere to go, but slowly between the two they make an arrangement to stay together. He has his weird ways but is a good soul as they soon discover.


In a rather poignant scene where he has been roundly berated for being the latest cause of the duos woes, not in the least because of his being an actor, he asks Mish to wave him goodnight. As she does so, she walks over to her and holding up her hand remarks, “ there seems to be something wrong with your fingers “


Mish: “ Why “


Monty “ Oh they’re all different shapes and sizes”


Mish( visibly irritated): “ What’s wrong with you? No two fingers of the same hand are alike”


Monty “ Aaaah….neither are two actors”


He has finally landed a role in a C grade Hindi film as a hero after investing in a Hindi and Urdu teacher and ay age 40 is out to make a mark for himself in Bollywood. Sparks fly whenever he meets Asha . Her stress levels start going down when she starts understanding his true nature and some Kathak teaching assignments start coming her way.


At work( i.e. on the sets) Monty is being bulled y his boss the producer and director of a the movie a loud brash Punjabi who loves to dress in Western cowboy gear


One day Mish and Asha land up on the sets and are thrown out by the director which is when Monty walks out of the film and getting home drunk reveals that this is the only family he has ever had.


Is this for real or is it the road to another heartbreak for Asha?what happens to Misha?


I am not telling. Go see the play and find out Catch it next at the Mysore Auditorium Matunga Mumbai on October 1


The plot is good and scripted well.  Monty's director would be a strong contender for the best actor here.tough for any actor( and Monty tells us that too!) to play a loud character who believes in nothing but overacting but Sadiq Abbas Rizvi pulls it off in style. He and his movie heroine are supposed to be loud and brash and they throw in dollops of humor while they are at it. Rashmi as Asha is subtle constrained. She pulls off her character of a stressed woman, pulled into falling in love again, with due honesty Mish her daughter is a typical teenager with all the expressions of disgust and cynicism that come with that generation but me thinks the lady stompeth too much. She does manage to tug at your hearts in the senti scenes though. Our hero Monty – Zeus Paranjpayee the hero pulls off a very difficult character with a great sense of comedy, mimicry in just the right doses of confidence. Lissome in his movements in body and balanced in his delivery he makes you go through a range of emotions from hating his character at the beginning to sympathizing with him toward the end.


“But we are not actors". Oh yes you are ……" all actors are not alike".


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