A play in Hindi by Mohan Rakesh
Directed by Lillete Dubey
Opened on 20th August, 2011 at Sophia Bhabha Hall, Mumbai and has completed over 50 shows . The play has already performed in Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi , Guwahati, Ludhiana, Mumbai ,Dubai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Goa, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Assam (Barpeta), Cochin, Chandigarh, Ludhiana,Chennai, Lucknow, Pune, Patna, Bhopal & Kuwait to a terrific response.
Natasurya Drama Festival, Guwahati, August 2011
Qadir Al i Baig Theatre Festival, Hyderabad, November 2011
The National School of Drama Theatre Festival, New Delhi, January 2012
The National School of Drama Theatre Festival, Amritsar, January 2012
Bravia Sadir Theatre Festival, Goa, February 2012
The Kala Ghoda Theatre Festival in Feb,2012
The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards Festival in March,2012
24th Annual National Rang Ghar Theatre Festival, Gawahti in March,2012
The Times of India Festival, Chennai, June 2012
Odeon Theatre Festival, Kolkata, Nov 2012
Repertwahr Festival, Lucknow, Jan 2013
Vinod Doshi Theatre Festival, Feb 2013
Beautifully acted ensemble piece!
– Eastern Chronicle, Guwahati
Played to immaculate perfection… superb, shining performances…a memorable theatrical treat.
– The Tribune, Chandigarh
Enthralling performances..a modern classic with a universal theme.
– The Telegraph
Gripping script with excellent performances.
– Mumbai Theatre Guide
The play had the audience gripped till the very end..with its wonderful performancs…
– Dainik Jagran, Ludhiana
Beautiful performances..remarkable stage design.
– Hindustan Times
Wonderfully gripping play..with roles played to perfection…
– Hyderabad Times
Savitri a middle aged woman, is dissatisfied with her circumstances. .an unemployed son., a promiscuous teenage daughter and above all a husband who has failed to provide her emotional and financial security. She seeks to fulfil herself in relationships outside marriage, only to realise that men are the same beneath different faces.
A powerful and searingly truthful look at marriage, the play explores the themes of fragmentation and incompleteness at the individual, familial and social levels.
What makes Mohan Rakesh’s portrait of Savitri ( one of Hindi theatre’s first feminist icons) so gripping, is that one is never sure whether he admires her rage to get a grip on her life, or whether he suggests that she is a woman caught in her destiny and circumstances in the manner of a tragic Greek heroine.