What is love? A very common question that is asked quite often. There is no definite answer to this as it varies from person to person. Out of a hundred love dilemmas that exist, one important aspect was addressed in a play called Anything but Love with the required doses of adult comedy and drama.
Directed by Vikranth Pawar, this play revolves around the life of a divorced couple – Seema (Mandira Bedi) and Anish (Samir Soni) – who bump into each other at a restaurant. While in a real-life situation, this could get a little awkward but in Anish and Seema's case, they are very comfortable with each other. When the two start talking, you wonder why they ever had a divorce. As the conversation progresses, Seema and Anish update each other about the latest happenings in their lives. It is pretty evident that Anish has moved on and is pretty much the same womanizer that Seema knew. But to Anish, it was a surprise when Seema told him that she is happily married to a man named Shekhar. Yes, even Seema needed to move on in life after her divorce.After their meeting, the two rediscover their feelings for one another and decide to give their relationship another chance. The play quite humorously shows how they try to fix their broken marriage and make things work once again. The overall play is a dialogue between Anish and Seema in which other characters like Seema's husband, Anish's multiple girlfriends and their respective psychiatrists are omnipresent.
The personalities of the two lead characters are completely opposite to each other. While Seema is a very confident, independent woman, Anish seems like a child stuck in a man's body. He is portrayed as an immature guy who always makes hasty decisions. But somewhere deep down, he has great feelings for Seema that he just cannot express.
Despite their differences and quarrels, the two make a good couple who are fun-loving and above all, in love with each other.
There is no doubt that Mandira Bedi and Samir Soni are great theatre actors and together, they create magic on stage. With more than a hundred shows staged across the country, Ace Productions' Anything but Love is something that all you theatre lovers should definitely not miss out on.
This play, for the first time, was staged at the Royal Opera House in Mumbai, which is India's only surviving opera theatre. The theatre has its own charm and the interior will definitely leave you in awe.