The incompleteness that envelopes our lives, our relations, our desires, our aspirations on the failure of our dreams and hopes make the situations and circumstances claustrophobic for us to live in. Everyday bickering, nagging and cat-fights over the incompleteness in our personal and social space drives us against the wall. The more we expect from life, the less we get. this very thought has been beautifully portrayed in the famous play ‘Aadhe – Adhure’ which was staged recently in Delhi. Mohan Rakesh’s famous labour of love, which speaks volumes about conflicts, ambiguities in relations, can be called something that other playwright's can only dream of and the play has always been every theatre director’s desire to bring on stage. The play is a story about Savitri, a middle-aged working woman dissatisfied with her circumstances- an unemployed son, a promiscuous teenaged daughter, and above all a husband who has failed to provide her emotional and financial security. And, how she feels claustrophobic in a relation with her desires and dreams crumbling like a castle of cards in front of her eyes, making her want to escape all this.
Though, written four decades back, the theme of the play still seems very contemporary. “The play attempts to understand the very purpose of life. Every one of us is seeking and searching for true happiness. The play speaks out about the vacuum of both men & women where they feel that they are still incomplete i.e. Adhe-Adhure even after passing many years of their life.The agony of a middle class woman caught in the shackles of societal pressure and responsibilities was brought forth beautifully by Rawat, making everyone empathize with the character. The incompleteness which screams through the dialogues, the silence, and the circumstances make the perfect setting for the play. It makes the audience understand the very basis of a relation that perfection can’t be achieved and it’s the incompleteness that you must...
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