Written and Performed By : Kalki Koechlin and Prashant Prakash
Directed By : Nayantara Kotian
Produced By : Anurag Kashyap
“The play is based on an Inuit Folk Tale”, that was the only thing I remembered when I had read the review of the play. Inuit folk tale was something I had no clue about, plus Kalki Koechlin had quoted that the content of the play is about love and has a lot of metaphors. I was expecting the script to be festooned with a lot of deep undertones, metaphors and the likes. But I was in for a surprise.
The play starts off with the lead protagonist looking out in the distance, from the skeleton of the boat he is in, to the background music of the piano (or is it a cello). It seems like a dream sequence. We are brought to reality by his wife who is arranging things in the house. The central theme of the play is about love and ambition, and deals with how each character is longing for each .
The husband is a writer who is stuck with a story that is only in his head; incomplete, senseless. He is facing a writer’s block. He becomes a character in the story or tries to ingrain life into his goose, which is one part of his incomplete story. His wife has to bear his flights of fantasy and bring him back to reality. The wife on the other hand is the one who runs the house, inspite of having her irrational fear of someone trying to kill her.
Both of them sometimes get into the story mode and escape reality. The exuberance of both the characters comes alive when they are in the realm of the unfinished narrative. Conferring and contemplating what course should the story take. Things come to a point where the wife can’t take it any longer. In a desperate attempt to make the husband get out of his story mode she takes him out to dinner once. That changes the course of things
The use of lights and the haunting piano and cello background music is worth mentioning. The dialogues were interrupted by a lot of poetry, which broke the monotony and came as a whiff of fresh air. The wife’s character played by Kalki Koechlin was confusing as she displayed a range of emotions from happiness to exasperation to rejection to exuberance. The husband played by Prashant is a pretty one dimensional character as his emotions are comparatively limited. The play is blessed with its amusing moments, specially the one where the wife acts as if a shark has got hold of her foot and is pulling her in. The use of space is worth a mention. Sitting crouched on the table top and mouthing dialogues, standing on top of the table top and mouthing dialogues, is intriguing.
Rating : 3.5 out of 5