A 20-minutes comedy play about a jobless MBA who is being persuaded by his father to join the family business.
This one-act play starts with a successful business man’s corporate AGM. This successful business tycoon was not born rich, though. As an young MBA graduate he failed to land a job for two years. All those two years, he was also being persuaded by his father to join the family business, which the protagonist didn’t want to.
This short comedy play tells the story of this young man, his passion, the family pressure and his eventual rise to riches – all in bite sized presentation of 20 minutes.
There are a few versions available online. There are minor differences between them with the dialogues. I would suggest 2017 version performed at Prithvi because of audio and video quality (link below).
A sweet romantic comedy enacted by IIT Bombay students, the play tells the story of Rahul and Tina who meet at Virar railway station.
‘Love in December’ is a sweet college play performed by IIT Bombay students. Several years have passed since it was performed. Few jibes which were contemporary at that time will seem out of time, but it still has that quality that innocent humor that will remain timeless.
Our hero, Rahul meets a girl at Virar railway station. The girl is none other than his school-time crush, Tina. What happens next? Rahul never had courage to share his feelings with Tina when he had all the time and opportunity in school days. Tonight, he has four hours that too thanks to delay in arrival of the train. Even those four hours are not without incidents, anyway. Besides, Tina has a boyfriend now!
This romantic comedy is executed very beautifully on all aspects. The dialogues, the performances are top notch and at par with professional theatre. There are a few compromises in the setup and the wardrobe, like policeman wears Friday casuals in the play, but nothing that is a deal breaker. That is understandable given the budget and other. There are no compromises on the content and the performance – and that only matters. Music also suits to the situations and is timed well.
The play would be enjoyed by audience of all age group, but I believe that those in late-20s to 50s may relate it to a bit more – the absence of Whatsapp, before Facebook became popular, and people still had Nokia. Another minor shortcoming is that the video’s best quality available is 480p only with not very good audio capture. Also, there is no noise-cancellation from the audience as the play was filmed during live performance.
AglaPlay Verdict: A very beautifully done sweet romantic comedy
AglaPlay Rating: 4.0/5
Duration: 1 Hour+
Cast: Nitin Gupta(Rahul),
The play is about a group of eight friends who graduated in 1984, who drifted apart over the years. Seven of the group finally are together today, at the funeral of their friend Jojo. Jojo was the soul and leader of the group in their college days. He arranged protests, was involved in social causes and stood up for their friends. The seven characters portray various sections of the society – Sanjay – a wealthy MNC banker, Raveena – a housewife, Raghu – regional filmmaker, Sarah – a Page 3 journalist, Fuzzy – Spritiual Vaastu Expert, Cyrus – a rich Parsi, and Bobby (Rajit Kapur) – a TV Actor. The over-night discussion at Sanjay’s holiday home uncovers the plot and several secrets of their own. Jojo’s death, and his last years, however, remain mystery to all.
The play is directed well and the acts flow smoothly. the actors are veteran, and having completed 1000+ shows now, deliver the play with ease. The set is simply designed, as Sanjay’s holiday home, and also reminisce of college benches in parts.
It is one of the most popular plays around – the play has completed 1000+ shows and is running strong for many years now. But as you might agree, the most popular things need not be the best. And this holds for this play as well – the play is decent watch at best. The play’s popularity and the acceptance is supported by simplicity of the play and in parts, the connect with the audience who may reminisce about the college days and groups at moments.
AglaPlay Verdict: A decent play
AglaPlay Rating: 3/5
Duration: 1 Hour 30 minutes+ (Approx.)
Writer: Rahul da Cunha
Director: Rahul da Cunha
Cast: Rajit Kapur,
Shernaz Patel, Rituraj,
Radhika da Cunha, Zafar,
Sohrab A, Joy and
Written by Padma Bhushan awardee Shri Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, the epic describes key events of Mahabharata through the character of Karna, the Rashmirathi. First-born of Kunti, Karna was the strongest and bravest among all the warriors. Also, in my opinion, the most ideal among all the characters in Mahabharata. He suffers through his life and dies, for no fault of his. Born out of wedlock, he is disowned by his mother shortly after his birth. His teacher curses him because of his caste. Lord Krishna himself cheats him to ensure victory of Pandavas. He is killed unarmed by arrows of his own brother, Arjuna. His perspective is unique, raises several moral questions, all written in beautiful spirited words of Shri Dinkar.
Original work is mesmerizing and enthralling, and I will strongly recommend the readers to read the original, whether or not they watch this play. It would be better, though if one reads the original work before this play. The words cut through the ears to impact the soul of the readers. It is simply amazing.
What is even more amazing if the portrayal of Karna by Imraan Khan. The energy that Imraan puts into the character is astonishing, borderline psychedelic. The diction is flawless. In fact, I wonder if anyone else could have delivered the central character of with such authority as Imraan has done. It is absolutely real real tough for someone to remember such long poems, and then, recite them with such clarity. The performance was simply stellar! Other characters are also done their part well, the stage is decorated aptly. The dress designing is particularly good work.
The play is a must must watch, if you understand Hindi. The performances are not very frequent, hence I will request the readers to book tickets as soon as they get a chance.
AglaPlay Verdict: A must watch. Do NOT miss!
AglaPlay Rating: 4.5/5
Duration: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Writer: Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
Director: Mujeeb Khan
Cast: Imraan Khan (Karna)
This is another play in the series of clown plays written and directed by Rajat Kapoor. The play involves clowns who are planning to perform the play Hamlet. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is one of his most renowned works, which is intricate, long and tragic. Our cute, lovely clowns fight over the casting, and end up misinterpreting the original Hamlet. The dialogues are funny, filled with contemporary references.
The play is must watch and wholly entertaining. The character of Clown Claudius in particular gets the best moments and was portrayed very well. The setup, and the flow of the play is impeccable as expected from Rajat Kapoor.
Two words of caution though – 1) please read a summary or the story of the original play. While the original’s key themes of murder, procrastination and revenge are retained, parts of this play may not be fully enjoyed if you do not know the original. 2) Many dialogues, particularly the start is in pure Gibberish. They are NOT meant to be understood. So don’t worry if you don’t catch a few sentences here and there.
On these two fronts, the play also deviates from others of Rajat’s plays where the story is either summarized at one point or the other, or is not much relevant to the understanding of the play. Also, Gibberish is contained in very brief portions of the other presentations unlike in this one.
AglaPlay Verdict: Must Watch
AglaPlay Rating: 4/5
Language: English, Gibberish
Duration: 1 Hour 30 minutes (Approx.)
Writer: Rajat Kapoor
Inspired from: Shakespeare / Hamlet
Director: Rajat Kapoor
Cast: Vinay Pathak,
Kalki Kochelin & Others