Natrang’s comedy play ‘Doctor Palta’ enthralls Sunday Theatre audience

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU,  Aug 19: Punjabi comedy play’s Hindustani adaptation ‘Doctor Palta’ was staged here today by Natrang at its Studio Theatre, in its weekly theatre series ‘Sunday Theatre’. The play has been written by Balwant Gargi and was directed by Anil Tickoo.
The play ‘Doctor Palta’ is a sharp satire, depicting the early struggle of professionals striving to settle down in their professional business. Payara Singh Palta after losing every penny to complete Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery struggles a lot to get a job but all in vain and finally plans to setup his own clinic to earn his livelihood. Here he confronts with lot of problems in the absence of resources.
There is no client, no work, and no money, which amounts to a lot of frustration to him. An idea strikes him to experiment new way to attract clients by using the latest Fundas of marketing. To begin with he prepares his beautiful wife to become a stylish attractive nurse so at least her beauty may lure some clients. This experiment becomes counterproductive and his own friends start showering advances on her which results into yet another frustration. In those days of early sixties having a telephone line use to be a high class status symbol. Dr. Palta now plans to have a telephone line at the clinic to boast of having over whelming response to his practice and here the turn is given strictly by appointment. The Telephone Department installs an instrument in the clinic but asks him to wait for the connection. Dr. Palta could not hold himself and wanted to make best use of the instrument. He advises his wife now to assist him by creating telephone ring sounds through a table bell. Whenever some client makes the entry she is to play the bell as if his telephone is ringing. Here starts series of hilarious evens one succeeding the other.
Dr. Palta leaves no occasion in befooling himself. The drama reaches to a climax when Dr. Palta continues his posed telephonic conversation before a telephone lineman who had come to connect his instrument with the line.
Rahul Singh as clownish ‘Doctor Palta’ exhibited his hold over acting. Rohit Verma in his short appearance as ‘Sawroop’ was very impressive. Others who did remarkably well included Uplaksh Singh as ‘Jhanda Singh’ and Ashwni Bali as ‘Line man’. The lights were designed and executed by Anil Tickoo. The presentations were done by Sumeet Sharma who also coordinated the show.

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