‘MERA WOH MATLAB NAHI THA’

Though we have come across a lot of technological improvements in film making, the oldest and finest form of ‘Theatre’ art never ceases to amaze us. It shows us the real acting and a spontaneous live screenplay, which when executed properly leaves a stronger impact than any film. That too, when it is teamed with the best cast and crew, it needs no explanation. One such amazing theatre art had been screened at our very own Music Academy at Mylapore on Sunday (18th Sep, 2016).

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Sri Thenandal films in collaboration with Actor Pepares-a foundation (Anupham Kher’s foundation) presented the drama, ‘Mera woh matlab nahi tha’ (We don’t mean say we mean) starring Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta, who are one of the finest actors of the country. It was written and directed by Rakesh Bedi.

The play is about two people who were in a relationship, but couldn’t marry each other due to the circumstances. They meet after 35 years and talk it out and that’s when they discover the true reason behind their separation. This goes beyond just a love story, exploring various human relationships, emotions, misunderstandings etc. The whole drama is set in the backdrop of Delhi.

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Apart from Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta, the other casts include, Satish Koushik, Himani Shivpuri and Aanjan Srivastav. As per the audience feedback, the play had been written and directed very well. The actors on stage had portrayed their character in a realistic way. The show was attended by the South Indian film stars, ‘Jayam’ Ravi and Aari, who both expressed their satisfaction on attending the event. They were seen enjoying the drama throughout.

Anupam Kher is one of the well known personality on and off the screens in India. He is recognized as one of the finest actors of the decade. He has a lot accolades in the field of films and arts. He had also worked in a lot of classical English movies like ‘Bend it like Becham’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ etc which had been nominated for Golden Globe and Academy awards respectively (Silver Linings Playbook won Academy award). He also served as the Chairman for CBFC until recently. He is known for his versatility in acting and his straight to point speeches in public addressing and in social media. He’s been accoladed with a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

Neena Gupta is a National award actress of Bollywood. She is a popular commercial film actress, but her ability to bring out the best in acting was by acting in Shyam Benegal’s films after which she gained popularity and reputation for her acting.

Rakesh Bedi is a Indian film, stage and television actor, who is well known for his comic roles. He had been in this field since 1979. He had been seen in many films in comic roles since then.

He had even worked in many Television shows such as Shrimaan Shrimati, Science with Braincafe, Shubh Vivah etc. He is also a member of the International Film and Television Club of Asian Academy of Film and Television and World Peace Development and Research Foundation.

Going by their profile, there is no wonder how this drama would have turned out to be. This was the third drama by Anupam Kher . When asked about his working in dramas, he said, “I am very nervous. Unlike films, you don’t get retakes for performing live on stage. Also, it’s a huge play; there are lines and lines of dialogues and I am not getting any younger. So, it’s a lot of excitement mixed with nervousness. And opening nights are always jittery. In fact, I get jittery before every performance. The play has to be perfect, as I don’t believe in improvisation. It has to be performed as it is written. I hope people like it.”

As he said, it is difficult to stage a drama than acting in a film. The audience did appreciated the effort taken by the team and enjoyed the play all along. This drama was already a huge hit at Mumbai. The first show of this drama was staged there on March 7th. The next was staged at Harrington Road, Chetpet at Chennai on the month of July. By the overwhelming response, it was staged again at The Music Academy.

This is just an example that the old art of drama had not vanished. The people still love and appreciate this raw and pure art. We would love to witness such dramas again and again, to revive the love of literature and acting.