Women are often considered to be the weaker sex, both, emotionally as well as physically. However, every once in while there come icons like Rani Laxmibai, Indira Gandhi and Kalpana Chawla who successfully break this notion of the society and prove their mettle.
Ladies Special is one such true story of a brave and undeterred woman – Lacchibai, who helped India during the difficult times of war in 1971. Put together by the renowned banner in Gujarati theatre, Sanjay Goradia and Kaustubh Trivedi Productions and directed by Vipul Mehta, Ladies Special is setting the stage on fire with commendable performances and a gripping storyline.
Set in 1971, the play revolves around Lacchibai (Sarita Joshi), the Sarp anch of Madhapar, a small village in Kutch, Gujarat. Most of the villagers are women and there is a mere 5% male population. The women carry out their daily activities without much help from men. All is well, until Pakistan drops eight bombs on the village located on the border of the two countries. This leaves the Indian military air strip non-functional and makes it impossible for India to fight back. When Lacchibai learns about the current scenario, being the mother of a martyred air officer, she readily offers help in any way she can. From thereon, begins the display of unbreakable spirit of the women of the village and how they successfully build the air strip with the help of cow dung and mud.
It goes without saying that the choice of actors is spot-on. No one other than the talented Sarita Joshi could have done justice to the role. The events are based on a true incident and this puts immense pressure on the writer to showcase it in the right manner and Ankit Trivedi and Bhumika Trivedi have done a fabulous job here. The inclusion of folk songs from Kutch and the actors singing them live on stage while acting, created a magical atmosphere.
Watch this play if you are in for some riveting revelation of true incidents about the county’s battle and the bravery of women who are always considered to be the “weaker sex”. A great mix of serious incidents coupled with some crazy one-liners, makes this a must watch for the weekend. Don’t forget to catch this play this week.