New play that explores the thin line between belief and superstition

Saturday, 26 April 2014 - 7:05am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Prasad Khandekar's new play raises serious questions about our thought process

There's a very thin line between belief and superstition, and very few know the difference. Director Prasad Khandekar is one of those. Shradhha and andhshradhha as he calls it. "I see at least one god man being arrested of charged of some crime or the other every month, and despite this, hundreds more keep on sprouting up," he says.

The inspiration
The director, who has already earned accolades and name in Marathi and Gujarathi theatre world, was astounded by news piece he saw on TV few months ago. It so happened that I saw news saying that the government was planning to dig up some place near a fort as a sadhu dreamt of a hidden treasure lying there. I was astounded!" says Prasad. It was hard to believe that government agencies fall for such superstitions and trickery. It was then that he decided to make a play on people's beliefs which many times go overboard. "That was just a trigger, but honestly it is sad that Indians are such a fools," he says.

Play it on
The play Hum Do Hamare Woh revolves between six characters. The subject throws light on the blind belief which most of the people have in their individual lives on such elements which do not have any base. They are mostly illogical rumours spread by word-of-mouth. The story is about a couple who is married for almost one and half decade. But suddenly they reach to a point of a divorce. Samir is under a great influence of one famous Komal Baba who has announced Samir's death after15 days. Samir announces Saloni's re-marriage plans. His drunkard friend (Dheeraj) supports him in his decision and calls for various candidates for Saloni, from which her friend Vineet is finalised.

The famous couple
Balika Vadhu's Smita Bansal and Anup Soni will act together as a husband-wife duo again in the play. As both have been workign together for almost six years now, their chemistry would be something to watch out for on stage. Anup is a spontaneous actor and it will be refreshing for the audiences to see him doing a comic role after portraying a serious couple in the TV show. Smita, who has acted in a few plays earlier, feels that theatre gives her personal gratification. "There is a black humour in the play which asks people to look into their own beliefs," says Prasad.
He questions the very foundation of out education system which fails to inculcate logic and reasoning in our minds. "There is not just one or two kinds of babas. I have seen TV promotions of scientific babas and doctor babas. Are we living in 21st century? Look at the number of court cases against these godmen and you will know what to believe," he concludes.

When and Where: Premiere on April 27 at Rangsharda Auditorium, Bandra from 7.45 pm onwards

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