If you are a fan of Gujarati theatre and have been a regular, you might notice that the industry has managed to cover a whole blanket of genres. You have comedies, mysteries and even some amazing stories that have found their way into Bollywood.
You might also notice plays dealing with the subject of generation gap and the treatment of elders by their descendants. These stories often show the elders going to huge lengths to make the young ones realize their mistakes and eventually everything ends on a happy note.
Baa Tane Hun Kya Rakhu? is one such play with the matriarch of the family being subjected to abysmal treatment. The ending will leave you with a changed outlook towards life. Mangla Divecha is a widow with two sons and she shuttles between her sons’ homes every month, until one of them decides to move to Dubai. Deciding to move in permanently with her other son, she doesn’t leave his wife very pleased. An MRI scan of her knee shows she requires a knee-replacement surgery and she discovers, thanks to her son’s negligence, her medical insurance has lapsed. Now with no money of her own and her daughters-in- law refusing to help, she is left in a fix until a piece of good news changes everybody’s lives.
Rohini Hattangadi is an excellent actress and she shows how her acting skills have only sharpened over the years. She steals the show as Mangla Divecha and her plight is well-depicted and executed. You will find it easy to relate with her story thanks to a brilliant performance. The other actors complement well with each other and the whole family on stage will seem to you as just the family next door. The play drives home the point such.
Apart from the exemplary skills of the actors, the dialogues are very well-written that leave you admiring the beauty of Gujarati language. The message of accepting everything life gives you and still manage to carve a path for yourself is very clear. You also realise how as you age you don’t have to wait for death to come to you, but have to live everyday as your last as the play ends. It is a serious play with some pun-induced humor. Baa Tane Hun Kya Rakhu? manages to keep you hooked till the very emotional end.
Don’t forget to catch it the next time the play is in town.