Presented by Kirdaar Arts Foundation and Unmask Studios, Posheeda is a Hindi play about the Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan. Directed and designed by Kiran Pavaskar, Posheeda translates to “invisible” in Urdu and the play is exactly that – a depiction of those invisible stories that you won’t find in history books.
What’s Posheeda About:
Adapted from three stories published in the book Kitne Hindustan by Fanish Singh, Posheeda shows us the lives of common, everyday people who were drastically affected by the Partition. The play shows how families were broken, children were robbed of their innocence, lovers were torn apart, and lives were lost because of a political decision that they had no say in.
Posheeda has an ensemble cast who take on different roles throughout the play. The large cast consists of Akshay Babu, Anirudha Deodhar, Chinmay Munghate, Kanchan Khilare, Krishnaraj Ambavadekar, Nilakshi Durne, Prasanna Kaley, Prateek Mulay, Priyanka Khatri, Pratiksha Asgaonkar, Ruturaj Bhosle, Sahitya Pansare, Saish Sakhare, Sanaatan Bajaj, Sanika Kashikar, Shivam Singh, Shubham Goswami and Tejaswini Bagade. Each actor has played their part wonderfully. They slip in and out of the various characters that they play with great conviction.
The depiction of the Partition is particularly gut-wrenching and director Kiran Pavaskar shows the tragic circumstances powerfully. The emotions are in high gear in this play and it will make you dwell upon the issues in society that give rise to the division among people that lead to such extreme violence. There are only a few props used but they add little details which add authenticity to the play. The lights are also used well to complement the scenes’ emotions.
Another surprisingly wonderful part of the play is the music. The actors sing various songs to tabla and harmonium which is played by other cast members right on stage. Although the subject matter is grim, the songs add a lightness with their catchy rhythms.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The play doesn’t hold back when it comes to showing and talking about the gory deaths which occurred in riots and while this works exactly as intended, it might not be for those who are only looking for light entertainment.
Why You Should Watch:
Even though Posheeda tells the stories that happened decades ago, these stories still hold relevance in today’s world. It is enlightening to see the parallels that could be drawn between the hate that existed in society then and how it continues to affect us now.