Play ‘Guf­faen’ re­flects on stuffi­ness of hu­man lives

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - CITY/SPORT - SD Sharma chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

KE­SHAV SINGH/HT

Artistes caught in an in­tense mo­ment at Tagore The­atre in Chandi­garh on Satur­day.

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