Adhe Adhure at Epicentre, Gurgaon

The more we expect from life, the less we get. This essentially describes the premise of the beautifully written play Adhe Adhure. The invisible yet complex philosophies of life that govern our day to day lives are packed neatly in this 1 hour 45 minutes play. It is about the rising dreams and hopes of people vis-à-vis what actually is achieved. Hence, the story unleashes a torrent of prejudice, where ordinary lives start appearing to be massive scandals.

Mohan Rakesh’s play is about Savitri, a middle-aged workingwoman dissatisfied with her circumstances- an unemployed son, a promiscuous teenaged daughter and a husband who fails to provide her emotional and financial security. The play reflects her journey, the incompleteness that envelops her life.

Adhe Adhure means the incomplete ones, and staying true to its name it does explain the urban dysfunctional ties today. Savitri, the female protagonist goes through a series of emotional and physical discomfort. The story proceeds with the incapability of her husband to fulfil her basic desires of life, which pushes her towards other men. Whether she does it to satisfy her own hidden desires or only for the love of family is something not clear.

There are moments in the play when the spine tingles or the heart swells, and such moments can be credited to Lillete Dubey who portrays Savitri with much ease. The story brings out the feminine stance the best, how she feels with a meek husband, (Dr. Mohan Aagshe) dealing with a despondent daughter (Ira Dubey), and disillusioned son (Rajeev Siddhartha) and the youngest teenage daughter (Anushcka Sawhney) who is perplexed due to the realities of life.

Flawed decisions, inability to achieve their personal goals leads to a state of powerlessness in the family. Savitri bears the brunt of emotional snags, financial setbacks and spends her time in a predicament. The different shades of every character bring in the much-needed comic relief without upsetting the serious theme. With hints of ignorance, difficulties, and obscurity, the story develops with artless enthusiasm. The woman’s relationship to all other makes it a compelling drama. An effective, thought-provoking story where simple Hindi language illuminates surprisingly confused characters is a must-watch.

Tickets available at the venue for Rs 700 and 500.

Let the lights dim, catch it on March 5th at Epicentre at 7:30 pm

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