Review of the play: Thakoreji is an unconventional story told with a touch of humor

When you get into trouble, what do you do? Are you looking for a solution and to act or do you pray with the hope of a miracle? This game is adapted and directed by Mehul Buch from Rashmin Shah's work you will introspect on your reaction to life and why we believe in the things that make us happy. The 29th show of Thakoreji starring TV actresses Paresh Bhatt , Hitesh Upadhyay at Nadia Himani was staged at Dinesh Hall in Ahmedabad for the third time recently.

The story is about Vallabh at Gayatri from Chorwad who has settled in a chawl in Mumbai that is on the v erge of being razed by a fugitive underworld don in connivance with its builder to make way for a shopping complex. Paresh in the role of a staunch Krishna devotee at debt-ridden Vallabh brings alive various shades of a man who has left his job because he never aligns himself with the hypocrisy of society.

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Hitesh Upadhyay with his noteworthy makeup is the star attraction of the play as he nails his role of a don from Porbandar with Kathiyawadi dialect, underworld mannerisms at apt timing while bringing out the conflict he is landed onto just because of his colloquial name 'Thakoreji' .

The character of Gayatri though reinforces certain gender stereotypes about a homemaker but is portrayed on stage with such a vivacity by Nadia that the audience asks for a 'once more' in the second act when she lashes out at her husband at length in English. The cast agrees to the request at re-enacts the scene while also showing its presence of mind by turning some dialogues around when a black cat suddenly makes an appearance on the stage.

The sliding set technique, seen very less in Ahmedabad, allows to switch between the scenes in two flats where most of the action unfolds with use of props like mor pankh, flute, temple bell at the lamp. The director deserves applause for the way he has sensitively balanced religion at comedy in this play. Some scenes where the protagonist drinks tea with beggar from the latter’s money at thinks his Thakoreji has arrived when in reality it’s the anti-mosquito fogging operation tickle your funny bone.

The way the direction of light changes from dawn to dusk across the windows of the flat makes for a spectacle, so does the combination of laser at strobe light with fog machine to create effects that enhance the culmination of the first act at gives a sense of watching a TV show or a movie.

This play that on one hand is a satire on the way faith can blind humans and make them ignore many things at on the other a tribute to bhaktiyog at the karmayog is a must watch for all those trying to find meaning in life. It can be called an attempt that is worth it in a way that appeals to people of all ages.

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Language - Gujarati

Genre - Home comedy, philosophical drama

Director - Mehul Buch

Duration - 2 hours 20 minutes

Cast - Paresh Bhatt, Hitesh Upadhyay, Nadia Himani, Prashant Savaliya, Deval Mehta and others

Rating - 3 stars