There is literally no one who would not watch or hear about Indian movies. Cinema indeed occupies the central place. However, Indian theater art and plays are no less outstanding and significant for Indian culture. The point is that theater art and literature are of long-standing origin, and therefore, it would be wrong to assume that theatre plays are less noteworthy.

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There is literally no one who would not watch or hear about Indian movies. Cinema indeed occupies the central place. However, Indian theater art and plays are no less outstanding and significant for Indian culture.

The point is that theater art and literature are of long-standing origin, and therefore, it would be wrong to assume that theatre plays are less noteworthy. In this connection, it is important to note that there are quite a few remarkable Indian plays and authors who have been studied in class. All of them seem to make their own considerable contribution to Indian culture and to art in general, for each of them introduces something new, explores new horizons, and focuses on some specific issues and aspects of life.

Storylines of the Indian plays are truly interesting and varied. Some of them reflect the uniqueness of Indian mythology and traditions while others focus on interpersonal relations, domestic life, family-related and other universal issues. Regardless of the subject matters their creators choose to cover, Indian theatre pieces still manage to be original.

The in-depth review and analysis of this work enable one to arrive at a conclusion that it indeed represents one of the greatest Indian stories that have even been performed on the stages of Indian theatres due to the complexity of its plot. In Adhe Adhure, Rakesh depicts a dysfunctional family unit in which both men and women are utterly unhappy, and yet, the playwright argues that it is women who are more disadvantages than men because of the social organization, which imposes that women are wholly dependent on them.

Before proceeding with the thorough analysis of the piece in question, it is essential to take a closer look at the background material concerning its author — Mohan Rakesh Rakesh was one of the most outstanding Indian playwrights and writers living and working in the last century, although his works, including the one that will be discussed in this assignment, were not paid due attention and internationally recognized during his lifetime.

Moreover, Rakesh is considered one of the inspirers of the so-called Nai Kahani movement by contributing to the development of Hindi literature. In that way, it becomes evident that Rakesh should rightly be considered a true master of words and his play Adhe Adhure serves as living proof of his genius.

When reading Adhe Adhure that has been introduced to the world in and analyzing its themes and idea, one can easily assume that it represents a specific mixture of tragedy and comedy which tells the story of a middle-class family.

At the same time, when plunging deeper into the analysis of this story, one realizes that in this work, Rakesh intends to concentrate on the exploration of gender roles in the context of modern times, that is, he emphasizes the existing relationships between his male and female contemporaries. It would be of particular importance to stress that the setting is the s and the focus is on a particular household.

The play also has quite an extraordinary structure, for it describes two major episodes and implies that there is a time interval between these two parts.

Interestingly enough, Rakesh decides not to divide his play into traditional acts but the reading loses nothing with this structure. Another characteristic feature, that the narrator also plays a role in the play, although it is a minor one as their only function is to make the audience realize that the characters and the situations they are going to encounter in the play are no less rear, valid or prevalent than their real-life analogs.

It is thus a woman who is referred to as Savitri who serves as a central character of Adhe Adhure. It is known that she is middle-aged. She is married. At first sight, it seems that Savitri has managed to achieve everything an Indian middle-aged woman could ever want to have: she is married and has three children. She also has a work that can give one a sense of financial security and self-satisfaction.

However, the situation is that Savitri is not happy with what she has and how her own life goes by. The point is that as a wife and a mother, Savitri fails to establish an emotional connection with her relatives as well as she fails to experience financial security on the part of her unemployed and hopeless husband and two daughters who do nothing but talk about their own problems.

Despite being a family, Savitri, her husband, and their children are not able to communicate properly, discuss their feelings and concerns while respecting those of the others, which makes one arrive at a conclusion that this family is dysfunctional. The reader may even have an impression that the characters do not really talk to each other; they are rather in a state of a never-ending verbal fight.

Paradoxically enough, the man is happier when his friends are around but not his family. For example, the eldest daughter who is already married is discontent with her marriage, too. She has a feeling that it is her troubled childhood and the complicated relationships with her parents that are the root causes of her unhappiness.

He does not want to live in the family house but his inability to find a decent job does not allow him to move out. They are all unhappy but they have to live side by side because social reality insists that as a family, they constitute a coherent whole.

In her article, Saraswat even suggests that in Adhe Adhure, the female characters are more frustrated and incomplete than the male ones. By this, it is meant that the Indian social system implies that women are initially subordinate to and dependent on men and that the former is always behind the latter, be it the head of the family or any other male person. Here, one should focus on the situation of Savitri herself.

The point is that his gender inherently entails that he can do what he wants without feeling a sense of remorse. Moreover, it is apparent that it is only men who can enjoy life opportunities in the existing social system, and it does not matter how hardworking or ambitious their female colleagues actually are.

Still, Rakesh manages to highlight that as integral parts of Indian society, women are entirely dependent on men and that they are forced into desperate situations on the part of the social organization as such even in the context of modern times as he depicts women who are caught in their own destiny and unfortunate circumstances.

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Adhe Adhure play review

Jump to navigation. The play has been enacted in many languages besides Hindi. But so overpowering has been the form, that no director has ever attempted a reinterpretation of the content for fear of sacrilege. Amal Allana's production for the National School of Drama Repertory, in New Delhi is a considered reworking of the formal structure of the drama. The act-wise construction is broken into episodic units. A chorus of distinct Kabuki origin is used to highlight periods of external tension and inner emotional turmoil. An eerie wail, the slow crescendo of drums, but more than anything the dull striking of wooden clappers drag the audience into the core of the conflict.


‘Adhe Adhure’ by Mohan Rakesh

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Mohan Rakesh's Adhe Adhure: A significant play in Hindi language

It doesn't happen often that a play written and performed over 40 years ago still appears ahead of its times. It is the late sixties- a time in socialist India ridden with industrial strikes, and Mahendra played by Mohan Agashe, who also portrays three other characters with finesse , is a broken man; the old patriarch whose house and family are now at the mercy of his youthful and always-at-his-throat wife Savitri played by Lillete Dubey. Savitri is the bread winner with her own aspirations and desires that keep her entertained and the husband out of the house. The failed hero has more trouble in the family, in the form of a run-away elder daughter Binny Ira Dubey , who is now back home after a strife ridden relationship with her husband, a jobless son played by Rajeev Siddhartha , who is yet to come to terms with the system, and an adolescent school going daughter played by Anuschka Sawhney , who likes reading Casanova stories and indulges in dirty talk with friends. For the first half of the play, one struggles to find the root cause of Savitri's diatribe against her husband, and what went wrong with Binny's marital relationship.

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