Chinta Chhod Chintamani – Play Review

Yatri’s Om Katare has tackled the age old issue of generation gap in this rather old play. This is the same group that performed Ravanleela last year, which attracted some unwanted controversy due solely to its name. CCC is the story of Chintamani, the 40s something father to an aspiring actor, a cricket player and a swami-infatuated girl. The plot includes a prominent role for the grandfather too, who takes up rotational residences with his three sons. This is a traditional family of the 90s, and if you have outgrown your teenage years, the topics, conversations and attitudes would surely make you feel deja vu. A play like this must be situated in its cultural milieu, and the phrase ‘generation gap’ itself is one that serves as a dilution of the larger issues at stake – the clash between the experienced old and the new but raw aspirations. More than that, we must keep in mind the ultimate aim – of keeping...
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