J. R. SHRIDHARAN
Late Jandhyala's play was well enacted. .
Artistes of Sumadhura Kala Niketan staged a comedy play, O Chikati Rathri at Velidendla Hanumathraya Grandhalayam Vijayawada recently, to commemorate the late Jandhyala's fifth death anniversary. O Chikati Rathri is a play-let, which Jandhyala wrote and directed in early `70s, is still popular among the theatre folks.Dasu (Bhaskar Sarma) and Sivudu (Narayana Patrudu) are bachelors and they spend their best part of their time wooing a girl, who lives next door. On a fateful day, a thief (Saritha) enters the room of the lover boys and the power goes off. Both Dasu and Sivudu think that the girl in the room was their dream girl and the thief begins to act as their ladylove. The 40-minute narration, entwined with funny twists and turns, with rib-tickling dialogues, brings loads of laugher among the viewers.To make the narration more racy and to create more confusion, a barber (Rama Surya Prakash) and an electrician (H.V.R.S. Prasad) were introduced. In the climax, the thief (Saritha) takes the bachelor-duo for a ride by disappearing with all their belongings.All the characters acted like visually-challenged persons, never staring at the fellow characters.Says Prasad: "It is black comedy. In many ways this play is an experiment by Jandhyala in early `70s. "