The National Award-winning actor from Jolly LLB, Saurabh Shukla is back with his third play after the success of Two to Tango and Barff. This time around he takes on a triple role as writer, director, and actor in Jab Khuli Kitaab. He’s accompanied by Irawati Harshe who will make her stage debut in this production. This play is brought on stage by Aadyam, Aditya Birla Group‘s initiative for theatre, as its third play of this season.
What’s Jab Khuli Kitaab About:
Gopal (Saurabh Shukla) is deeply in love with the wife Anusuya (Irawati Harshe Mayadev) who is in a dire health condition. One evening, when she regains consciousness, long-kept secrets are revealed. As she is ready to pass on, Anusuya confessed that she was in an affair almost 50 years ago. That’s when a new chapter begins and their 55-year-long marriage begins to unravel. Heartbroken, Gopal seeks a divorce and we are brought along on this family’s journey through the tough times that follow. On one hand, you’ll witness a story of destruction and, on the other hand, is the hopeful possibility of a fresh start.
Saurabh Shukla proves his worth as a writer-director with this brilliantly executed drama. Packed with genuine emotions performed brilliantly by a talented cast, Jab Khuli Kitaab is equally touching and hilarious. As the drama unfolds, we get to explore the characters and their relationships. Apart from the plot that takes us on a roller coaster of emotion Shukla gives us plenty of titbits that add a unique flavor to the script. Even the set changes feature an additional cast that chatters around the stage and gives us an effortless transition to every new scene. Apart from the refreshing bits of humor that are sprinkled throughout the play, the musical intervals that are performed and composed by Ritajaya Banerjee give us some much-needed light-heartedness. In the end, all of this comes together to create a thoroughly entertaining production that will leave you with a warm feeling.
What Could’ve Been Better:
There are moments when you’d wish to see more of the super talented Danish Hussain. But that’s just trying to nitpick this thoroughly entertaining drama.
Why You Should Watch It:
You’ll feel the love, you’ll be heartbroken, you’ll become a part of the family, and you’ll laugh your heart out. Don’t miss Saurabh Shukla’s perfectly rounded comedy-drama when it comes to a theatre near you.