Play Review – Mosambi Narangi Rating – 4 Stars Magnetically Powerful Acting performances!
WHAT THE PLAY IS ALL ABOUT?
Mosambi Narangi is a poignant story of life, with multiple themes of aspiration, loss and exploitation in the world of Indian films. Set in the rural backdrop of Banaras, it takes you through the travails of two junior artistes who are constantly fulfil their aspirations of making it big.
WHAT MAKES IT A MUST-WATCH?
- When you have seasoned actor-playwright Shernaz Patel as the Artistic Director for Aadyam Theatre, you are guaranteed to relish the theatrical offerings of the group.
- Actor Rajit Kapur, surely wows you with every performance of his.
- The tagline is impressive and this two-actor play assures you of some amazing performances.
- The live background score for music is something that will grow on you. Done to consistent perfection, this surely sets high standards with the theatre circuit.
ACTING PERFORMANCE REVIEW:
Rajit Kapur – Seasoned, meticulous and breaks the shackles of his earlier roles. An unimaginable feat that Kapur could seep himself deep and emerge a winner even in a rural character. The acting transitions in the various characters he portrays with such ease is mind-blogging. Great job!
Ajeet Singh Palawat – Certainly the scene-stealer, show stopper and of course a shooting star. The extra mile he takes for every character he enacts is sheer brilliance. Ajeet made every act an endearing and lovable one.
MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN:
Providing live compositions and sound effects to the numerous scenes to perfection – Anadi Nagar and Kartavya Anthwaal Sharma have done a brilliant job.
HINDI SCRIPT & LYRICS:
Ashok Mishra has skilfully blended the characters into this two-actor act. On a personal note, I found the story telling a bit too messy, with the characters failing to tap the empathy quotient for the audiences. On the other hand, the lyrics were truly amazing.
Mohit Takalkar has skilfully managed the effective usage of the stage and getting the best out of his actors. Possibly though, if he could have reworked on the story-telling (on the comic and entertainment front), he had a winner on his hands.
WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER?
- The story fails to completely live upto the tagline – Junior artistes ban gay superstars! The audiences almost expect the second half to be an inspiring, winner-moment but somehow the treatment has a subtle symbolism to the tagline.
- Brilliant acting for sure but the entertainment and comedy quotient is two notches lower.
- The switch-off in the actor’s characters got the audiences confusing in the initial stages till the treatment gets acceptable.
- With such a brilliant foot-stomping song “Isaq Banaraswala”, one expected a full-fledged version to be enacted.
#AryemanSaysSo – Loved the acting performances, the lyrical music and the theme. Did miss the gripping, touch-your-heartstrings story-telling and extra doses of entertainment.