Sharing The Spotlight
Starting off with a captivating introduction to the event, Aaina presented Spotlight—a series of eight plays brimming with talent and enthusiasm. With four plays in English and four in Hindi, the alternating pattern of the languages helped the event reach a wider audience, while keeping them engrossed throughout the entirety of the event.
‘Coming Out’ kick-started the event on a comedic note, putting a twist on the play of satire on the disapproval of the society towards homosexuality. The play showed us a glimpse of the struggle faced by a young man while he confessed his sexuality to his two fathers.
‘Reedh ki Haddi’ revealed the issues of feminism and the slavery of married women, paired with the close-minded mentality still found in India today. The story touched the hearts of the audience as the importance of the independence of women was displayed.
‘This or That’ presented the messy behind-the-scenes of an ordinary relationship and the different outcomes of meeting your partner halfway. The couple on stage enacted various problematic situations faced by anyone in a relationship while highlighting the do’s and don’ts to follow under those circumstances.
‘Parallel Lines’ was, as written in its description, an emotional act focusing on the difficulties faced by a middle-class family in India. It was exhibited by a few moments of overplaying as well as a script that seemed to be stretched longer than necessary. While having a decent morale, the play seemed to be intended for an older audience.
‘Asmanjas’ focused on the apparent gap between two generations and the ideological thinking of the younger individual in contrast to the stubborn and traditional thinking of the older man. The story revolved around the difficult times faced by a man and his business paired with the consequences of his political stance in the society.
‘3AM Wakeup Call’, winning the title of the best play of the evening, indeed deserved the award. Hilarious from the first dialogue itself, the play captivated the audience with its constant comedic exchanges and remarkable acting.
‘Khudkhushi’ began with the first scene leaving an air of melancholy, as the emotional act set the tone for the piece. A heart-broken woman who had lost her lover in an accident, plans to commit suicide after finding little meaning in life before her over-the-top neighbor unknowingly convinces her otherwise. Transitioning into a positive play, the change was brought about with well-placed comedy and extravagant characters.
‘A Blind Date’ opened as a fast-paced romance with a decent plot line meant to entertain and impress. A few substandard dialogues were put forth while missed comedy summarized the majority of the play.
The event as a whole transcended the expectations of the audience with both entertaining and morally inclusive plays balanced perfectly. It was an evening well spent and many came out more than pleased with the experience.