The name Atul Satya Kaushik is synonymous with Delhi theatre. He is the man behind grand mythological productions like Raavan ki Ramayan, Draupadi, and Chakravyuh. He is also the man behind getting celebrities like Punit Issar, Himani Shivpuri, and Avtar Gill on stage for these house full productions. He has written 15 original plays and has successfully filled a vacuum for original Hindi plays in Delhi. One of his newer plays Dad’s Girlfriend was on a nationwide tour and one of the stop was Mumbai where we caught the show at the Royal Opera House. The show was well-received by the audience and here’s what we have to say about it.
What’s Dad’s Girlfriend About:
The play begins with Kanav (Satyender Malik) practicing for a play when his wife Diya (Karishma Singh) comes home from work. Diya is an architect and her father Mr. Dalip Vaidya (Suman Vaidya) – a famous author, speaker, and a professor – is coming to stay with her after years of separation. While Diya and her father are reconnecting, enters Avni (Anumeha Jain) who is a fan and an admirer of Mr. Dalip Vaidya. Diya, who is otherwise very kind and generous, starts feeling insecure about the relationship between her father and Avni. After a huge fight, Dalip is asked to choose between the love for his daughter and his love for Avni.
This play is miles away from a typical Atul Satya Kaushik production as it is about an urban family. Even the Hinglish language helped in adding an authenticity to the dialogues. The story is a simple one but the characters help in adding a lot of depth to it. The star of the show is undoubtedly Satyender Malik who, as Kanav, has some of the best punchlines and keeps the show flowing. Suman Vaidya portrays Mr. Dalip Vaidya with poise and his comic timing is remarkable. Karishma Singh and Anumeha Jain seem authentic when it comes to portraying their rivalry. The simple storyline makes it for a light day at the theatre but the emotional depth and the hilarious comedy will definitely make it a gripping and an entertaining one.
What could have been better:
The play seems a little stretched in some parts and it would not have affected the story if it was a little shorter.
Why you should watch:
Atul Satya Kaushik is a brand by himself. His plays have never disappointed and have always opened to Housefull shows. Dad’s Girlfriend is a simple story with an emotional depth that is well executed by amazing actors. You will have a lot of laughs and some moments will definitely leave you teary-eyed. What else could you want from a day at the theatre?