JAMMU, Feb 12: Natrang in its weekly theatre series presented a Hindi comedy play ‘Poorav Aur Paschim’ written by famous film comedian I S Johar and directed by Balwant Thakur at Natrang Studio Theatre, here today.
The situational comedy emerging out of hard beliefs in superstitions and its appropriate masterly presentation by the artists generated repeated laughter amongst the audience.
The play showcased the contrast of beliefs between the east and the west world. Lala Ram Bharose and his wife are highly superstitious and on the contrary their married son and daughters believe in the reasoning, logics and scientific way of leading the life. A firm believer of horoscopes, stars and numbers, Ram Bharose is always surrounded by the palmists, fortune tellers and priests. Confusion starts in the family when a horoscope reader based on wrong information predicts the early death of Ram Bharose. He goes to the extent of telling him that his killer will come from the east side and will give him some substance of white color. In defensive Ram Bharose blocks all east entries to the house and starts suspecting even his family members offering him anything in white. This funny drama attains anti-climax when horoscope reader visits the family again apologizing for telling him the fortune of someone else as he was mistaken by assessing some other date of birth. Finally the fortune teller is treated with a big thrash by all the family members of Ram Bharose.
Natrang actors despite being fresh, demonstrated lot of maturity and promise in their performances. Those who performed in the play included Shivam Singh, Brijesh Avtaar Sharma, Vrinda Sharma, Akshit Kaul and Meenakshi Bhagat. Lights were operated by Neeraj Kant whereas the music was rendered by Bhisham Gupta. Mihir Gujral did the presentations and the show was coordinated by Mohd Yaseen.