While Indian cities are getting more and more modern with better infrastructure and facilities, the rural parts of the country are still underdeveloped. People residing in rural India struggle to make ends meet and the story of one such man is told in Adamya Rangmanch's Lassanwala. The play has been welcomed by packed houses and now we know why. Read the full review below.
What’s Lassanwala About:
Kallu Bahman, a sixty-year-old garlic seller, lives with his good-for-nothing son, and daughter-in-law who keeps nagging him to grow vegetables like bhindi, aloo and even mushrooms. The sexagenarian works hard but his only child (Dhanua) wants everything the easy way. He and his friend come up with a plan to extract 1000 Rupees from the old man which they later want to invest in a scheme. Dhanua fakes his illness and seeing his son suffer in pain, Kallu decides to make arrangements for the money. This leads to a lot of drama and the play ends with a beautiful message about casteism, a social evil that is still very prevalent in India.
Hemant Pandey and Vidit Tripathi have done an exceptional job, as for a play dealing with serious issues, it is downright hilarious. The audience was laughing and clapping throughout and only the last ten minutes were a bit dramatic. The live music blended perfectly with the narrative, not once feeling out of place. The performances by the cast are spot on and Hemant Pandey, who also features as Dhanua’s best friend, brings the house down.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The language spoken in the play is vernacular so those who are not familiar with the dialect may find some parts tough to understand.
Why You Should Watch This Play:
Lassanwala wonderfully addresses the issue of casteism through the life of a garlic seller. The tragic comedy has indie music and a very desi feel to it. Catch it whenever it takes place in your city.
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