The web revolution has made the world shrink into a small mobile phone. Today we can not only talk to people far from us but also see them while talking. We can get information at a click of a button. We can travel on a chair! But do we just talk or really communicate? Do we just hear or actually listen? While Lily And Night Rider asks some such disturbing questions but with a dash of humour and twist.
After its success in Marathi, the producers – Sonali Kulkarni and Milind Phatak – are premiering the play in Hindglish 'for a wider audience'. Sonali -- who has made a debut as a producer with this play after her friend and writer Rasika Joshi who initially played the lead passed away -- says that it is a laugh riot on contemporary relationship problems. "When Milind told me about the comeback and asked me to play the role, my instinct told me to grab the opportunity with open hands. It would not have been right to imitate Rasika's style so we made changes in the script and my character," says Sonali.
Today`s changing social environment continually redefines conventional man-woman relationships. This play uses dark humour to take a hard look at the increasing isolation that technology and rigid expectations are imposing on singletons. White Lily And Night Rider, the chat pseudonyms of a man and a woman in their 30s, is a laugh riot based on the undertone of mismatched expectations. It promises to entertain the audience, while making them reflect on the changing times. "As the play was written almost five years agao, we had to make a lot of changes. Now we are continuoulsy hooked to whatsapp and messages. We have become more of message generation than a chat one," she says.
Real vs virtual world
The protagonists are very close to each other and want to meet so that they may take the decision of marriage. But will the reality be as sweet as virtual world? The play raises innumerable questions and confusions about the fundamentals of the relationship and companionship but in a lighter vein. "We never intended to write as a classical English play neither a typical shuddh Hindi one. It is very much a Mumbai language play to communicate with the people of today," Sonali says.
When and Where: April 12 at Prithvi Theatre from 9 pm onwards