Adaptation of Vijay Tendulkar's Kamala to be staged in Lamakaan
The play, Kamala, talks about the role of women in the society and attempts to focus on the conflict between human values and its application in today’s day and age. A hard-hitting story, the script is based on a true incident – where a journalist named Jai Singh manages to buy a girl from a flesh market, to write an exposé on the business. Enacted by eminent theater artistes such as Subhash Gupta, Jay Jha, Shailaja Chaturvedi, Kajol Dubey, Sanjeev Acharya and Sumam Philip, this rendition of Kamala promises to be thought provoking. The actors hail from different states and will be performing together at Lamakaan on May 12 at 7.30 pm.Written by the legendary playwright, Vijay Tendulkar in 1981, the script is as relevant today as it was then. The theatrical twists hope to bring out the complexities of a male dominated world – right from sexual slavery to marriage. The original play was in Marathi, but it has been adapted in Hindi for the Hyderabad audience. This play has been adapted by Subhash Gupta, who has 70 plays under his belt and has worked with stalwarts like Om Puri and Raj Babbar. “We have already done a play Jee Huzoor which was a satire and now we chose Kamala because women in our country are still fighting for their rights and independence,” he says.
While talking to us, the seasoned theater artiste opened up about the challenges he faces. “There is a paucity of rehearsal spaces and sometimes we have to rehearse in public parks where it is difficult for artistes to imagine props,” says Gupta. Also, most of the actors in this play have other day jobs but they take time out from for rehearsals because they love their craft dearly.
On May 12. At Lamakaan. From 7:30 pm onwards. Tickets: Rs 200