Alfred Hitchcock is not called the Master of Suspense for nothing. His Dial M For Murder is a classic thriller about a perfectly planned murder gone wrong. This classic has now been adapted for the Marathi stage with A Perfect Murder, with just the right blend of Hitchcock’s plot and a signature narrative that belongs to Marathi theatre. Directed by Vijay Kenkre and comprising a skilled cast, A Perfect Murder should be a part of your weekend plans. After a successful first season all over Maharashtra, this criminally good play is returning to its second season.
What’s A Perfect Murder About:
Meera is married to Niranjan Majumdar, who used to be an up-and-coming cricketer and now sells sports goods, while Meera is a wealthy heiress. Although all seems okay between them, their marriage is a troubled one. A year before today, Meera had had a whirlwind romance with Kamlesh, a crime-thriller writer. Meera meets Kamlesh one last time to end it with him, as she says that Niranjan has changed as a husband. He is more caring now, she says. Also, she opens up about something more pressing. Meera has destroyed all the love letters Kamlesh had written to her; well, all but one. And now someone has been blackmailing her about it. They both go for a play and Niranjan hacks an evil plan – he has planned the perfect murder for his wife.
There are a few prominent changes in the narrative as compared to the film. The play has been adapted for the stage to retain the essence of stupefying suspense and thrill. The script is tight and the story goes on at a steady pace, revealing one important twist and then the other just as effectively. The music only adds to the superior story-telling and makes for an intense experience. The play is crisp with clever dialogues that have been adapted seamlessly well in Marathi. The cast includes talented and accomplished actors from Marathi theatre. Pushkar Shrotri, Abhijit Kelkar, and Shweta Pendse deliver fantastic performances. We have watched Satish Rajwade play the cop/detective in the past but he brings a different poise and grace to his character Inspector Gharge. His charisma floors you.
What Could’ve Been Better:
If you’ve watched the film, you know the end. However, the play tells this story a lot differently than you remember.
Why You Should Watch:
A Perfect Murder is an intelligent adaptation of a suspense classic. It keeps you hooked right till the end. The cast and crew have done a great job at Marathi-fying the English piece of cinema. This is the thriller you have all been waiting for so book your tickets right away before they’re all sold out.
Here’s what our favorite Marathi stars had to say about the play: