JAMMU, Jan 15: ‘Chheenk’, a play in Hindi was featured in Natrang’s Sunday Theatre Series this week.
The play has been written by Dr Ram Kumar Verma and directed by Neeraj Kant. It carried a deeper message which was presented under the thick layer of humour.
The play ‘Chheenk’ very aptly caricatured those people whose wisdom is entrapped in superstitions. The story revolves around a middle-aged person who is so much taken in by myths and superstitions that he even dreams of the same while sleeping.
In order to prosper, he tries to avoid all the bad omens and also deliberately creates the situations which are considered auspicious. One of the biggest deterrents of him is sneezing, ‘Chheenk’, i.e. if someone sneezes, he considers it a sign of bad luck and curses the person who sneezes.
One fine day, he wakes up very happy as he had a dream that God is granting him good luck and prosperity but suddenly his servant sneezes, he gets red with anger and wants to punish the servant for his misdeed but his wife intervenes and tries to make him think logically.
It happens one more time that he wanted to create a superficial auspicious situation so that good luck is showered on him but suddenly his servant sneezes. While running after him to punish him, he hears the sound of another sneeze by another person. It adds on to his anger but the worse sound was the sound of sneeze by his wife, which infuriated him further but at the end all his anger gets blown away when he himself sneezes.
Natrang actors who acted in the play include Shivam Singh, Meenakshi Bhagat, Rajat Salgotra and Akshit Kaul. The music was operated by Mihir Gujral and the lights were designed by Neeraj Kant. The hall management was looked after by Mohd Yaseen and the show was coordinated by Sumeet Sharma.