Adhe Adhure : A Play in Two Acts by Mohan RakeshHalfway House, a translation of the Hindi play Aadhe Adhure, tells the story of a dysfunctional middle-family who live an unhappy and an unsatisfactory life with each other.
A sort of frost seems to have descended on the souls of the human agents ... Every confrontation - and the play is a series of confrontations - instead of thawing the ice, leaves it a bigger iceberg. -R.L.Nigam, in Enact
Aadhe Adhure (Vacant & Vacuumed)
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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. The members of this family are in a state of perpetual emotional turmoil, and for the entire duration of the play, one crisis moves the plot to the next one.
He made significant contributions to the novel, the short story, travelogue, criticism, memoir and drama. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in His father a lawyer died when he was sixteen. He started his career as a postman at Dehradun, Bombay from to , after that he shifted to Delhi, but found a teaching job in Jalandhar , Punjab for a short while. Eventually, he resigned from his job in to write full-time. He also briefly edited Hindi literary journal Sarika , from
Playwright Mohan Rakesh has put together a play filled with profound emotions, witty dialogues, and a cast of enthusiastic artists who are keen on putting up a brilliant show. Titled Aadhe Adhure , this play will surely take you on an emotional ride. The play has attempted to dramatize the life of a middle-class family that is caught in the web of financial setbacks. But her actions have an adverse effect on her life and her children. The play continues to swing between Mahendra and Savitri as they deal with the issues in their relationship. The performance of every actor is a joy to watch on stage.