“Na Baap Bada Na Bhaiya, Sabse Bada Rupaiya”
The iconic song from 1976 is still an acknowledged universal truth. Money takes precedence over every relation, emotion, and connection. Vijay Tendulkar explored this in his 1961 book Gidhade (The Vultures), which is now being staged as a play directed by Madhumita Khan. Like its book, the play talks about the morally corrupt family structure and domestic violence, which is brushed under the rug for a few thousand rupees.
WHAT’S GIDDH ABOUT:
The play opens with a lone poet scribbling away in anguish. He lives in misery because of his greedy family members, whom he now wants nothing to with. Being the step-brother, he is not even given food. The eldest son, Ramakant, is knee-deep in debt, always trying to sneak some money from his miserly father. His younger brother, Umakant and sister, Manik, are as greedy as him. The vicious cycle of greed and violence is highlighted as the family first gets rid of their uncle for his share in the property, the siblings beat their father for money, and when the brothers beat their sister and make her miscarry her love-child. The only sane and caring character in the play is Ramakant’s wife, Rama. She bears the final brunt of these greedy vultures who leave nothing in their hunger for money.
Giddh is a very captivating play with a theme that is as real as the next issue. There are many sub-themes that are explored as well such as black magic, alcoholism, impotence, and all of them hit the mark. The actors are brilliant in their performances and make the whole act seem lively and entertaining despite the dark story. Their portrayal of the morally corrupt family seems too real and you almost forget that this is a performance being staged. The performances are definitely the highlight of this engaging and poignant play.
WHAT COULD’VE BEEN BETTER:
Though it is an enthralling play, Giddh runs a bit long. The scenes change quite frequently and the duration of the play stretches a tad more than is necessary.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH:
Giddh is a play that mirrors society, showing how people ruin themselves when their sole focus is money. The play helps you understand that money should never be your top priority. Watch it for its sincere performances, the relevant theme, and everything in between.