Play review – Miss Beautiful

Although the title might suggest a romantic comedy or the like, Makarand Deshpande written and directed ‘Miss Beautiful’ is an ode to parenthood, the romance and the comedy being a sideshow. Parent worship is bigger than all religions of India, and emotions jump up at the very appearance of aged characters on stage. Sentiments form the core of such plays, often with predicable plots, and rarely do they fail with their time tested techniques. This is as good a play as one can expect – a tear inducing, engaging piece of theatre that makes one avoid eye contact with fellow audience during the break, though its downside lies elsewhere. Sirish (Makarand Deshpande), a young theatre director, lives with his aged and sick parents (Nagesh Bhosle, Divya Jagdale) and does well as a conciliator-moderator of their daily squabbles. Facing an inevitable death, the parents have only one wish left – to get a daughter-in-law who is beautiful. Sirish thus takes up a...
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Play review – Famous last words

In a world of instant relationships forged in pursuit of personal agendas, an out-of-form writer struggles to find his way out with words and past relationships. As he stumbles along his way to reclaiming stardom, Banyan Tree Production’s “Famous Last Words”, though it promises a good dose of laughter and comic relief, unfortunately fails to reach to the funny bone. Anil (Anish Trivedi) has been declared dead by his ex-wife, Sandy (Dipika Roy, who also takes credit for the story and direction), to get the once famous writer to finish his latest work, a novel of some importance for her television production business. The plot thickens with the arrival of the writer’s assistant, a smartly dressed young man, Ryan (Sahil Jaffrey), who brings along his girlfriend Tanya (Amrita Puri). As the booze flows and the ladies enter and exit in fashionable attire, extra-marital relations tumble out of the closet, accompanied by manipulative schemes and hidden motives. The story unfolds in a...
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