Raell Padamsee reveals that when she decided to cast Mandira Bedi and Sameer Soni in Anything But Love for Ace Productions' play, she had no idea what she was getting into. "These two would do only one thing: Fight. They would fight over anything to everything. We used to think how these two will be able to work together as a couple," she says. But it seems that the actors' earlier differences were a blessing in disguise for the play.
Blessing in disguise
"When the play finally came out, they both did it so wonderfully. Maybe because they were actually fighting in real life that the characters they play were as real as them. They actually looked like married couple," she chuckles. Anything But Love is a story of Anish (Samir Soni) and Seema (Mandira Bedi) who are a divorced couple. They run into each other at a restaurant, five years after their divorce. While Seema is blissfully married to Shekhar and Anish is happily living a bachelor life that's dotted with non-committed relationships and flings, after their chance meeting, they both rediscover their feelings for one another, and decide to give themselves a second chance.
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Love, relationship and heartbreak always serve as successful themes for stage. There are many factors and people who affect a relationship. Here, however, director Vikranth Pawar concentrates only on the personalities of the two protagonists. The story humorously traces how they try to make their relationship work in its second innings. The play is a dialogue between its protagonists, Anish and Seema. The other characters, like Seema's husband, Anish's multiple girlfriends and both their respective shrinks are omnipresent. The rest of the cast is seen only through the eyes of the protagonists, as they perceive them and that leaves something to be desired.
With ambitious lifestyle and easy-come-easy-go relations, it is but obvious that couples lose patience with each other. "More often than not marriages are broken on flimsy grounds like snoring and not being able to cook!" she says. The new generation believes in instant love. "We are all over our past traditions where people used to live in joint families and there was a social stigma to divorces and failed marriages. Now, younger lot doesn't mind to break relationship, even marriage, if it does nor work out. That too pretty soon. We need quick results now. And this lack of patience affects all our relations, not just marriage," Padamsee says.
When and where: May 31, at Tata Theatre NCPA from 7.30 pm