Director: Amol Palekar
To look at actors of a sure classic and inclination showcase their craft throughout completely different mediums is all the time charming. And this as soon as, observing thespian Amol Palekar headline his new play which opens the month-long Bharat Rang Mahotsav at Nationwide College of Drama in Delhi (on Feb 1st) was no completely different. In trademark Palekar fashion, he had reeled within the viewers imperceptibly and earlier than you knew it, you have been on the sting of your seat, concerned with the proceedings of Ashok Dandvate (Palekar) in Kusur (The Mistake), a theatrical thriller. Tailored by Palekar’s co-director and spouse Sandhya Gokhale from Danish thriller movie Den Skyldige, the play is a pleasant extension to Palekar’s repertoire as a theatre actor.
It might be pertinent to level out that Palekar began his performing profession with theatre again within the 60s, and later, influenced by Badal Sircar, he went on to experiment extensively with the avant-garde theatre earlier than transitioning fairly efficiently because the consummate ‘frequent man hero’ within the films. He, the truth is, within the 1970s, he loved a parallel run in middle-of-the-road cinema with profitable household entertainers like Baton Baton Mein and Golmaal even when the Amitabh Bachchan’s Offended Younger Man dominated the business movie marquee.
With Kusur, Palekar as soon as once more channels the middle-class frequent man. He’s in prime kind as Ashok Dandvate, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police who has volunteered for the drab responsibility of attending to emergency calls within the police management room. Previous his entry, the stage is ready with a cop of a junior rank attending to calls to provide the context. Dandvate enters and begins off as a confident official given to do his responsibility diligently. After which the layers start to peel off when he will get a name from Kaveri, a lady in misery.
Dandvate springs into motion and it’s by means of his fervent makes an attempt to assist out Kaveri that we, the viewers uncover his Achilles heel, the skeletons of his previous. Kaveri’s determined and repeated calls surmise her as a lady trapped in a very dangerous scenario with an ill-tempered husband. Palekar doesn’t miss a beat in transferring from the powerful cop to a lenient gent who can’t assist going out on a limb for a woman in misery. Cellphone conversations, hurried, hushed, elaborate and interrupted kind the spine of Kusur and it’s by means of these that we ultimately arrive on the reality together with Dandvate. Palekar, backed by actors Naresh Suri and Siddhesh Dhuri maintain your consideration proper by means of.
Thrillers within the theatrical format are difficult and it’s no abnormal achievement that Palekar and Gokhale as co-directors obtain it with out including fancy bells and whistles that outline sure flashy productions. In truth, it’s the simplicity, the minimalist method to stage design that makes the play very efficient. The sound design in Kusur, so integral to its narrative may be very competent. The incessant telephone rings and answering of the calls, the swap between the actor talking into the telephone on stage and the reply from the voice on the opposite aspect are juggled easily with no hitch.
Adapting a international language movie particularly to retain the essence of the supply materials and reboot it into a unique medium is tough work. And to adapt it into a brand new native milieu and make it extra accessible to completely different audiences all over the world. Gokhale interprets and defines her characters effectively on that entrance customising dialogues and conversations related to go well with the Indian context. By no means verbose, all the time sustaining that positive steadiness of explaining sufficient and but not giving all of it away, Gokhale’s adaptation is skillful.
There are comedic components –telephone calls or trivial causes –lawbreakers pretending to be victims and so forth, which hold the viewers curious and engaged. A very refined side is how gender and spiritual stereotyping is slipped seamlessly into the narrative. Ultimately, what at first seems as a easy predictable story leads us into a unique, unsettling conclusion- fairly a feat. The masterful storytelling and efficiency elevate Kusur from being simply an intriguing thriller to the heightened ranges of a Greek tragedy.
And like all good artworks, it leaves you wanting for extra.
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