The Marathi theatre scene is evolving and now there are even more plays about different takes on modern lifestyle and mindset. Sakhar Khallela Manus is one such play directed by Chandrakant Kulkarni, starring our beloved Prashant Damle along with Shubhangi Gokhale, Rucha Apte, and Sankarshan Karhade. The dialogues have been written by the veteran Guru Thakur, while Ashok Patki, another gem, has done the music for this. The title of the play is a take on the age-old Marathi phrase “mungi houn sakhar khavi”, roughly translated to “Enjoy the smaller things in life with humility." Our protagonist, Vilas Naame, indulges in the proverbial sakhar and that is where the trouble begins.
What's Sakhar Khallela Manus About:
Vilasrao Naame is a middle-aged man with a caring wife, Madhavi, and a daughter named Rucha. Vilas used to be a life insurance agent but now has switched jobs, for better or for worse. He now has targets and the work pressure is doing him no good. However, Vilas keeps up with the demanding times with the modern-day working person's motto “work hard, party harder”. But when Vilasrao is diagnosed with type II diabetes, the entire household decides to help Vilas out. Rucha gets her boyfriend, Omkar, involved, who is a doctor. Vilas realizes that he is soon going to lose his girl to this man and is visibly upset. In due course, Rucha reveals something to her family that challenges her father's “modern approach to life”. And of course, the play ends with a beautiful song by the mellifluous singer/actor/genius, Prashant Damle.
Prashant Damle and the other members of the cast complement each other perfectly. A crabby, middle-aged man seems so endearing probably because Damle is the one portraying him. The writing and dialogues are funny and Damle does what he does best – make us laugh till our sides hurt. The storyline is very relatable in this day and age and could easily happen in any one of our homes. While we are all about embracing modernism, the middle-aged parental generation with independent kids on the cusp of adulthood, struggle with two distinct ideologies – our culture and tradition or modern school of thought. While they act “cool” at times, they find it difficult to accept a few things that the modern generation has no problem accepting. This struggle is brought out so beautifully on stage.
What could be better:
Rucha's revelation is a dramatic one and is probably the only thing that may or may not happen in everyone's life. Having said that, this storyline has an important bearing on the plot and its outcome.
Why You Should Watch This Play:
Sakhar Khallela Manus lives up to its tagline – a sugar-coated black comedy. It deals with many struggles faced by all of us in day-to-day life. Even with a backdrop so grim, the play is actually a family-oriented laugh riot, optimistic and thoroughly enjoyable with Prashant Damle ending the play on a musical note.