A hilarious Bengali drama presented by Charbak and ably directed by Arindam Ganguli based on various short stories of Sibram Chakrabarty. Studded with unforgettable puns throughout the show it also emphasizes a strong moral that in this age of growing discontent we need to unite or else will be led to pathetic isolation from the whole world. That this was a matter of concern to Sibram at an age when nuclear families were just starting to drive off the idea of joint families show the farsightedness of this fine writer. Sabyasachi Chakrabarti, Kheyali Dastidar and Sujit Ghosh put up a fascinating show that is ably supported by Subir Roychowdhury, Debapriya Mukherjee, Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Sanjoy Sarkar, Swagata Mandal and the rest.
Director: Arindam Ganguly
Performers: Sabyasachi Chakraborty, Kheyalis Dastidar, Sujit Ghosh Subir Roychowdhury, Debapriya Mukherjee, Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Sanjoy Sarkar, Swagata Mandaland more
The main theme centres a self centric finicky young teacher, Aswini who, in fear of contracting beri beri from a neighbour selfishly puts himself in isolation and takes every precaution to ward off the disease. He is blind to the affections of Jagattarini who though has a violent temper but genuinely cares for him and tries to wrench out this undue fear from Aswini’s mind. His niece too loves him but understands that the attitude of her uncle only drives him more towards isolation. Aswini tries to get help from Dr. Gajen, the local quack who, unknown to his patients, prescribes the same medicine for all ailments. He diagnoses symptoms of beri beri in Aswini and advices him to take a trip outside the city. So Aswini moves to Daltongunj, home to his maternal uncle, but trouble seems to chase him here too as he finds his immatured cousins’ habits a bit too disturbing and his aunt’s will of getting him married to a local girl worsening the matters. Previous to this we saw him agreeing to his friend Bechu’s request to look after the later’s magazine on agriculture during his leave. To keep his word he writes its editorial which though he considers an outstanding one but actually proves to be nothing short of bogus and which is all that can be expected from a person who always remains in the confines of his home. So when he returns home he lands up in further trouble from Bechu and the protesting subscribers of the magazine. Now, realizing on the loneliness of his so far futile life, he begins to feel the need of support and it remains to be seen whether his well wishers offer their hands of help to take him out of his miseries.
This out and out comedy is very well directed and acted though a slight lack of cohesion was felt near the end. But on the whole the two hour and twelve minutes of laughter and merriment is sure to freshen up the spirits and leave a lasting impression of fine acting on your mind.