Mahanirvan - The Dread Departure in Tilak Smarak Mandir: Pune
Mar 9 - 11
2018

Mahanirvan - The Dread Departure

Drama Marathi 2 hrs 10 mins

Mumbai

Pune

Mumbai

Pune

DIRECTOR

Satish Alekar

WRITER

Satish Alekar

ARTISTS

Nachiket Devasthali, Sayalee Phatak, Siddharth Mahashabde, Bhaktiprasad Deshmane, Sandesh Kulkarni, Saurabh Shaligram, Ketan Visal

Act I: Bhaurao, the protagonist in the play is a common man living in a chawl, who is in his fifties. At the beginning of the play he tries to convey and convince his wife, Rama, that he is no more as he died in his sleep last night. But she ignores him; assuming that he is just joking; playing a prank. Bhaurao then proves his demise by giving her some strong evidences, he makes her believe in whatever he is saying by bringing to her notice the reactions of the chawlkari - neighbors. Rama finally understands and accepts that he is dead. She cries and starts mourning over her husbands death. Bhaurao then imagines all the proceedings of his funeral and the last rites; he depicts how his chawlkari- neighbors would react to the situation. Unfortunately on the day of his demise, Bhauraos only son Nana is not in town; he has gone to play a sport tournament in some other town; all the neighbors are waiting for Nanas arrival; last rites are on hold due to this delay.

Bhaurao vividly illustrates everything that would happen in this wait time. Finally Nana arrives, the funeral starts; all chawlkari neighbors accompany Nana to the crematorium but they all get stuck as they get to know that Municipal Corporation has shut down that crematorium and a new one is set up far away; the rites get further delayed. Bhaurao fantasizes that he is through with all the rituals and has reached heaven, Nana makes him realize that its not over yet - the last rights are yet to be done. Bhaurao insists that he would want his last rites to be performed in the old crematorium only, and Nana explains the hindrances in doing so.

Act II Act begins with Nana now taking over as the narrator. He orders his mother to cook rice balls on the 10th auspicious day after his fathers death and he wants to take rice balls to the new crematorium to offer rice balls (Pind) to crows. He meets two characters fighting for the place to keep rice balls. They are also at the new crematorium to offer rice balls to the dead soul. Nana helps and tries to sort out their differences by becoming crow himself. To his surprise his father, Bhaurao also reaches to the site of new crematorium. Nana offers rice balls to his hungry father who has not yet been cremated. Father complains that he feels suffocated in the attic of his home where Nana has hidden him. He also mentions that that he is a stinking corpse. A part of his finger is cut off and it needs stitching.

Nana hurriedly stiches his finger and scolds him not to come out on the street as he is not cremated yet. Nana laments over his own plight and misery as he is unable to perform the last rites as per his fathers wish. Bhaurao requests Nana to let him meet Rama; he says he wants to talk to her at least once, he has been missing her. Nana allows him to meet his mother but Bhaurao gets the shock of his life to know that his beloved wife, Rama, has found someone else after him. Rama tells him that she liked the man who was wearing a black suit at the time of the funeral procession and he was standing third from the left when they lift the pyre of Bhaurao. The latter is shocked to hear this and he tells Nana about this. Nana is stunned to see this sudden twist in the story; he probes his mother to find out facts and more details of this new story. He asks his mother to reveal all the details. Rama confesses her feelings towards the new man but tells Nana that she cant describe the man exactly; but she remembers his attire; a suit and black goggle. She says she saw him last when he had come for Bhauraos funeral.

Nana and Bhaurao get on to a mission of finding out the man with a suit and black goggle, they decide to find out everything about him; Who is he, was he there in Ramas life before Bhauraos death, or did they meet after his death; where and how did they meet etc. To explore more details, Nana tells his father to dress up exactly like the man that his mother has been describing. Nana tells his mother that he is willing to help her for her 2nd marriage with the man of her desire and he has invited the same man to their house. Bhaurao (dressed up like the man) comes and interacts with Rama. She blushes and is thrilled; she is very excited for the beginning of her new life. Nana is perplexed; he cannot understand the complexities of this intricate puzzle; he takes his father to the old crematorium and performs the last rites. Bhaurao is peacefully cremated in the old crematorium.

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