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‘Andher Nagri, Chaupat Raja’ and ‘Chatur Chuha’ enchant audience!

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[J Mohan Singh]

Navi Mumbai: Two plays – ‘Chatur Chuha’ (Wily Mouse) and ‘Andher Nagri Chaupat Raja’ (Banana nation, inefficient king) – which were staged at Vishnudas Bhave Natyagrih under the banner of Masks on May 30, had exhilarated the audience. The child artists had essayed colourful roles in these two plays which was full of rib-tickling comedy. A battery of Film, TV and theatre personalities had jointly started the ‘theatre workshop’ for Navi Mumbai’s budding talents.

‘Andher Nagri Chaupat Raja’ (Banana nation, inefficient king) and ‘Chatur Chuha’ (Wily Mouse)

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Based on Bharetendu Harishchandra plays, ‘Andher Nagri, Chaupat Raja’ is divided into 6 parts. The drama is a satire on a banana state ruled by political pygmies with little wisdom. The fourth part of the play shows that a courtiers implores for justice for his goat’s death; the intoxicated king starts hearing the case which starts from local trader, butcher, water-provider, craftsman and ended at City police head (kotwal) and he pronounced capital punishment to the latter. Besides sending a social message, it entertained the audience too.

The directors – Shivdas Ghodke, Rajendra Mehra, of ‘Zaban sambhal ke’ fame (DD Metro) and Vishnu Mehra deserve accolade for their flawless direction and immaculate presentation.

For the first time, such ‘theater workshop’ was organized in Navi Mumbai – and that too in Hindi which is seen as a welcome-step by theatre-lovers.

The local youth leader, Sanjeev Naik has pledged to establish film studio complex in Navi Mumbai on the pattern of film city. His response to such Hindi shows bordered on encouragement.
Vishnu Mehra of Masks said the he was astounded to find such overwhelming response to Hindi theatre in Navi Mumbai. “Masks would continue to serve Hindi plays through organizing similar workshops in future too.”

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