Yamdhoot comes knocking

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Theatre ‘Dhoot ' showed what happens when a postman receives a death message. C. Suresh Kumar

Sifar theatre group presented a unique play titled Dhoot , in Hindi. Written by Sumeet and Junaid, and directed by Junaid, this play had perfect settings, characters and presentation. The play was held at Birla auditorium recently.

The director used effectively the senior artistes of Hyderabad like Prof. Bhaskar Shewalker, Prakash Padnis and Prakash Dharma along with youngsters from the theatre groups for this play. The bonding between old and young artistes was handled well by the director.

The story revolved around a retired postman and his last night before his life ends, played by Prof. Bhasker Shewalker, a theatre veteran from Hyderabad. A ‘Yamdhoot' comes to a postman's house to deliver a message that he intends to pluck his life out and carry him to the land of death. Thereafter the postman is made to recall all his deeds since his childhood. How the postman had a roving eye for women from the village and how he used to read all the letters to be delivered to others and how he used to create letters to fulfil his personal needs formed a part of the play. The way the flashback was depicted and how the postman recalled each event with characters coming in and going out was also crafted with precision. Prof. Bhasker Shewalker suited the role and gave a dignified performance.

Feroze playing Yamdhoot was superb in his actions and expressions. Other characters like Prakash Dharma as the older postman and Prakash Padnis as the villager played their roles with ease.

The youngsters Atul, Sumeet, Krushna did justice to their roles as did the female characters played by Pushkarini, Neha and Oindrilla. The costumes suited the rustic village setting.

The music composed by Amit and Suhit, the two youngsters who are positioning themselves as budding and popular composers for theatre groups in Hyderabad, gave music which synchronised with the mood of the play.



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