Mohan No Masalo. This play is everything that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was. The way he single handedly led an entire country towards freedom, Pratik Gandhi leads this play to an insightful end with brilliant execution. ‘Mohan No Masalo’ translates to spices (in this case , ingredients) that have gone behind the making of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Any products that we buy has ingredients listed on the packaging, but never do they mention the process. Mohan No Masalo is how the ingredients were processed, and how the final product, the man on whom thousands of books have been written, the man who has numerous statues of himself all over the world, the man whose face is on every currency note – Mahatma Gandhi came into being.
The play traces Gandhi before he became the Mahatma- small instances in his life, instances that moulded him into the person that everyone looks forward to. The play also shows a couple of little known facts about his life. For example, everyone knows that Gandhiji was thrown out of a moving train in South Africa but no one really knows that he was thrown out of a horse carriage too, right after the train fiasco. Or that he once tried to kill himself with a group of friends just because he wanted to try something new. Every incident ends up contributing as an essential ingredient in the making of the man, and the final product as we all know, needs no introduction. This and much more, is what forms a part of the incredible Mohan No Masalo.
Music forms an essential part of the play. The background score keeps recurring at regular intervals and adds to the fun. Mohan No Masalo is an interesting blend of comedy and melancholy. The humorous punctuations make the audience fall out of their seats laughing, on the other hand, Pratik’s narration of the dramatic turns in the plot line leave you with goosebumps. The 100 min duration of the play with no interval ensures that things are crisp and interesting. Overall, a treat to the eyes and some much needed medicine for the soul, Mohan No Masalo is fascinatingly impressive.