Play ‘Guffaen’ reflects on stuffiness of human lives
CHANDIGARH: The inner turmoil, silent desires and suppression experienced by women in distress and the feeling of dominance by egoistic men and stabbing pain of doubt sometimes lead to strained and subsequently to extra marital relationships. That was what the Hindi play ‘Guffaen’, staged by Chandigarh Institute of Performing Arts (CIPA), tend to recover during the staging of a classic play to a scant audience.
Written by renowned playwright Mudrarakshash and directed by Shyam Juneja, the play has only two central characters Anant (Shayam Juneja) and Lilly (Deepali Batta). The play attempts to recover explosive truths about the circumstances when people ventures to establish extra marital relationships, which however are prevalent in the society. It talks about the darkness that reflects in human lives. It is a story of a kidnapper and a hostage, who discover the emptiness in their lives.
The hostage is a girl, Lilly, whose family is on the verge of collapse owning to differences between her parents. She doesn’t want to return to the ambiguous environment where relations are farcical.
Age difference between husband and wife and their non-compatibility gives birth to many complications and destroys the family. Through its characters, the play talks about these sensibilities and touches the nerves of the human beings.
Shyam Juneja essayed the other roles of Mr Manchanda (Lily’s father) and Nawal (the paramour of Mrs Manchanda, Lily’s mother), while Deepali Batta too played more characters namely Lily, Mrs Manchanda and Anant’s wife. Ranjit Roy and Vivek Nalin provided production support.
Artistes caught in an intense moment at Tagore Theatre in Chandigarh on Saturday.