Thursday, May 12, 2016

Marathi Drama - Don Special (दोन स्पेशल)

This is very new two act marathi play being enacted in various theaters in Maharashtra. The director of this play is Kshitaj Patwardhan and the main cast is Jitendra Joshi and Girija Oak Godbole. Well,  there are If I remember correctly three or 4 more actors in very small rolls, with one of them having significant impact in the story but the drama rides on the able shoulders of Jitendra Joshi and Girija Oak.

Add to that a very common looking set of a office which is modified twice, slightly, to make that part of the set look like a different location. Add further a story set about 30 years ago, of two co-workers turned lovers who meet after ten years of separation in strange circumstances. both have a specific but counter objective, one by way of his profession and the other by way of her job. While trying to stick to their position and morality their lost 10 years unfold between them and the misgivings get settled as the drama flows on stage.

Did the specific objectives that they had (and that ran counter to the other's objective) get fulfilled? If yes how did that happen (counter objectives getting fulfilled!) and if not what happened to the end of the drama. It is a good mystic question.

To get the answer to the question, I would request the readers to go and watch the drama.

As for the quality, see for yourself, both the main protagonists delivering long winding, emotional dialogues flawlessly and to the perfection. Both are accomplished actors and they prove it yet again. Their acting makes this drama watchable irrespective of the story which is good anyway. It is also very soothing to hear Girija Oak's beautiful voice which adds beauty to the drama.

The story is good but lags at some places. The acting by both lead actors and Rohit Haldenkar (acted as Umesh Bhosale, a very small but impactful roll) is powerful, emotional and likable. My recommendation - GO FOR IT.

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