Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Virudhdhh, Vikalp, Vichchhed...

Date : October 19th, 2005
Director : Pratyush Singh
Production Managers :
Playwright : Pratyush Singh, Vineet Kumar, Abhinav Kimothi, Ishan Shukla & Ashwini Kumar Chakre
Form : Stage Play
Type : Oasis Entry

Cast :
Rahul Shukla : Ishan Shukla
Harsh : Ashwini Kumar Chakre
Bunty : Vivek Tiwari
Teacher : Pratyush Singh
Richa : Apeksha Godiyal
Bhai : Chanakya Bhardwaj
Pita : Prabhat Ranjan Singh
Mannequins (Blue) : Vineet Kumar , Rachana Reddy , Aditya Aney
Mannequins (Red) : Abhinav Kimothi , Afshan M Khan, Mukul Malhotra
Wife : Archana Srivastava
Child : Malhar Mehta

Second Staging

Date : April 1st, 2006
Director : Pratyush Singh
Production Managers :
Playwright : Pratyush Singh, Vineet Kumar, Abhinav Kimothi, Ishan Shukla & Ashwini Kumar Chakre
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Rahul Shukla : Ishan Shukla
Harsh : Ashwini Kumar Chakre
Bunty : Vivek Tiwari
Teacher : Sudipt
Richa : Ajeytaa Agarwal
Bhai : Chanakya Bhardwaj
Pita : Prabhat Ranjan Singh
Mannequins (Blue) : Vineet Kumar, Rachana Reddy, Khushboo Aggarwal
Mannequins (Red) : Abhinav Kimothi, Sharad Varma, Mukul Malhotra
Wife : Anushri Rathi
Child : Malhar Mehta

The Play :
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Refund

Date : November 12th, 2005
Directors : Apeksha Godiyal
Production Managers : Pratyush Singh
Playwright :
Form : Stage Play
Type : Theatre Workshop

Cast :
Vivek - Saikat Banerjee
Principal - Rahul Kundu
Maths Teacher - Kapil Jamkar
Physics Teacher - Sikander Mashayak
Social Science - Anurag Ambekar
Chaprasi - Chandra Prakash Jethani

The Play :
Refund is a Hindi adaptation of the famous Hungarian play by the same name. Its a subtle satire on the existing educational setup. The protagnist Vivek is an unemployed youth, who suddenly gets the bright idea of demanding his tuition fees back... of all the years of education in school.

He goes back to his principal and puts forth his peculiar demand. He reasons that the school gave him no useful or significant knowledge and so is entitled to reimbursement of the tuition fees. He also compels them to take his examination on all subjects to prove that he's learnt virtually nothing.

What follows, is a immensely comical situation... where Vivek gives the most ridiculous and improbable answers to all the questions directed to him... and the teachers manipulate those anwers to prove him correct. Saikat Banerjee was well apprciated for his great performance.

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Bhagat Singh Ki Wapasi

Date : October 15th, 2003
Directors : Vasuta Agarwal & Aditi Nath
Production Manager :
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Form : Stage Play
Type : Oasis Entry

Cast :
Bhagat Singh : Pratyush Singh
Chandrashekhar Azad : Vishal Gupta
Sukhdev : Paritosh Modi
Rajguru : Naresh Sharma
Vijay : Bhoopendra
Bhagat Singh ki Maa : Vasuta Agarwal
Simon : Akbar Kamal
lawyer/jailer/warder : Raheem Darediya
Numberdaar - Abhinav Kimothi
Court Officer - Rajesh Agrawal
Judge - Pranav

The Play :
Bhagat Singh Ki Wapasi as the name suggests had a strong patriotic theme with Bhagat Singh as the central character. The play revolved around the rebellion of Bhagat Singh and his comrades against the British and their cruelty. Whether it be the torture of Bhagat Singh in prison or his court hearing or the hanging of the 3 prisoners at the end of the play, the scenes brought a patriotic fervor in all who watched it.

With 2 girl diroz handling an all guys' cast, it was quite a task especially when it came to early morning practices in winters; but the enthusiasm of the cast members and the hard work put in by the production team is worth being appreciated and made everything worthwhile.

Solution X

Date : September 26th, 2005
Directors : Apeksha Godiyal & Afshan M Khan
Playwrights : Badal Sarkar
Form : Stage Play
Type : CEERI Production

Production Team : Vineet Kumar, Abhinav Kimothi, Rachana Reddy, Ashwini Kumar
Sounds : Vishal Gupta, Abhishek Sinha
Lights : Malhar Mehta, Aqsa Musthaq
Makeup : Pratyush Singh

Cast :
Shambhunath Sengupta - Prabhat Ranjan Singh
Tuttul - Afshan M Khan
Adima Sengupta - Ajeytaa Agarwal
Saumain Chaterjee - Chanakya Bhardwaj
Hari - Suraj Kumar
Ramesh - Aditya Aney
Bela Chaterjee - Sharad Verma
Ganesh - Aditya Aney
Dr Khastgir - Devdatt Akhawe
Geeta - Surbhi Kango

The Play :

Solution X is the story of a mad scientist, Dr Sengupta, obsessed with the idea of inventing a drug to arrest ageing. He is a typical forgetful and absent minded scientist. He had worked tirelessly for his aim, ignoring his other worldly duties. After years of work on this project his experiment was near completion and he was desperate to try it on animals... and then on himself!!

Its an out n out comedy which shows how his experiments backfire and has the drastic effect of transferring him back to his college days and childhood. There is total confusion as his wife, boss, a relative and his junior's wife all consume the drug... and utter chaos ensues.

Prabhat Ranjan excelled in the role of the old scientist and handled the transitions between the old and young age with brilliance. This is the first HDC play on the CEERI stage. It was performed in the cultural night of 'CSIR Foundation Day'.

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Prem Nagar Ki Dagar

Prem Nagar Ki Dagar

Date : September 12th, 2003
Form : Stage Play
Directors : Akbar Kamal & Pratyush Singh
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Cast :

Kiku : Aditya Aney
Chintamani Sarnobat : Raheem Darediya
Bunty Sarnobat : Mandar Sovani
Sumangala : Anushri Rathi
Tukaram : Abhinav Kimothi
Bindumadhav : Vineet Kumar
Durgavati : Nazneen Shafiq
Titu : Abhishek Agrawal
Shivaji : Naresh Sharma
Gauri : Afshan M Khan
Bhagwan : Uday Dhoke
Shama Nasir Ali : Priyanka Bansal





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Fandi

Date : January, 2003
Directors : Swati Agarwal & Shantanu Goel
Production Team : Ashish Bhargava, Vasuta Agarwal & Pratyush Singh
Playwright : Mohan Rakesh
Form : Stage Play
Type : Second Production

Cast :
Fandi - Arvind Khilnani
Advocate - Ashish Korde
Jailer - Shantanu Goel

The Play :
Fandi is a truck driver who gets entangled in murder of his father. The psychology of a son, who is seeing his father die moment by moment, supported with brilliant script and excellent characters, is penned down by Mohan Rakesh. HDC staged the play for the second time in 2002, first semester. The continuous dialogues of 2 pages were delivered fantastically by Kor. Khillu playing all kind of characters in 1 hour-court room scene was an inspiration in itself. Script and characters were so well knitted in the play that we had no choice other than performing it to the best. Hats off to Khillu and Kor. Swati and Shantanu directed the play with the help of production team of three people, and managed to stage the play after practice of just 13 days.

Some Memories from the play
  • Kor and Khillu received a standing ovation from the audience for their brilliant performance in the play (it was an emotional moment for all of us)
  • Khillu as *always* didn't remember his lines till the very final day of the play .. and was all too inventive to come up with fundo coverups like "Vakeel sahab .. ye warder sahab beede kahan se laaten hai" .. and his partner in crime, Kor goes like "haan wo jail ke paas wali redi se !!" Thank god they came back on track before Khillu could utter "haan jab mein chhoot jaunga to hum wahan saath saath jayenge" (he really thought this would have been a wonderful continuation to their wonderful bakwaas).
  • Kor and Khillu advocated the *serious* need of a prompter in the wings on the final day of the play, but they (thankfully) pulled it off without one :)
  • "Hai mera Dil" was in the making at the time of Fandi. We had to beg Smit and Gade to let the cast and crew free for the final day of Fandi :)
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Hai Mera Dil

Date : February 11th , 2003
Directors : Smitkant Raturi & Sandeep Gade
Production Managers : Paritosh Modi & Aparajita
Playwright : Ranbir Singh
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast
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Madan - Vishal Gupta
Usha - Alpika Mishra
Dr. Ghosh - Shantanu Goel
Ajit - Naresh Sharma
Arvind - Raheem Darediya
SalesGirl - Afshan M Khan
Sapne Wali Ladki - Priyanka Bansal
Mohan - Vishal Naidu

The Play :
The play is about a hypochondriac guy, Madan. One day he overhears his doctor talking on the phone about a guy who has a weak heart and is going to die. Madan assumes that his doctor is talking about him.He starts to plan his loving and innocent wife’s future... her marriage... in such eventuality.. Due to his detached behavior his wife starts thinking that he's having an affair. This complicates the plot a bit more but all clears up as Madan realises that he's not dying and then clarifies Usha's fears..

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Hinsa Parmo Dharma

Date : October 2002
Director : Swati Agarwal
Production Managers : -
Playwright : Based on a short story by Premchand
Form : Street Play
Type : Oasis Entry

Cast :
Nat - Shantanu Goel
Natti - Vasuta Agarwal
Jamid - Pratyush Singh
Kazi Zoravar Hussain - Raheem Darediya
Pandit Gajanand Chaturvedi - Prabhat Bhaduria
Mullah - Paritosh Modi
Panditayen - Aditi Nath
Sethiya - Vaibhav Karkare
Pandit - Akbar Kamal
Moorgiwalla / Villager 1 - Shelly Agarwal
Lakshmi bahen - Aprajita
Villager 3 - Sachin Gaekwad
Minar/crowd - Alpika Mishra
Nazaqat / Cameraman - Naresh Sharma
Sharafat - Bhoopendra
Villager 2 / Aslam - Vijendra Singh
Om - Omkar Kurode
newsreporter - Shilpa Deshmukh

The Play :
Hinsa Parmo Dharama is a story about how a society, deeply divided by the concerns of religion, try to poison an innocent mind, to misuse a mans very existence for their own well being, and to make religion both a weapon and an armour to provoke communal abhorrence amongst all. It is about how Jamid, free and unconcerned of the ways of the modern society, is woven into a political "chakravyhua" by the religous leaders of the city, where the only way out is "hinsa". Its about how Jamid, still begs for communal harmony and a healthy society for the coming generations, till violence takes over him too and in a fit of rage he finally breaks this chakravyhua only to realise his own blood-stained hands.
Is hinsa really our ultimate dharma is what the play seeks ??

some memories from the play:
  • Our very hyderabadi Raheem came up with mind bogling phrases like "Mai khadunga tab karunga"
  • Talli was the only successfull contender in shuting up our hyderabadi hero by a constant "Achha raheem phir kya hua"
  • In the after-play video Prat came up with his (in)famous humor on "mein kutta hoon .. bhau bhau"
Achievements :
Hinsa Parmo Dharama
won the Best Play award
Swati Agarwal won the Best Director award
Pratyush Singh won the Best Actor award

Gallery :

MouseTrap

Date :
Directors : Naresh Sharma & Mehul Jain
Production Managers : Piyush Maskey & Vishakha Gupta
Playwright :
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
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Maut Ke Saaye Mai

Date : October 2002 & March 2003
Directors : Swati Agarwal & Anvita Mishra
Production Managers : -
Playwright : original by Jean Paul Satre
Form : Stage Play
Type : Oasis Entry

Cast :
Fransua - Mehul Jain
Kanauris - Shantanu Goel
Auri - Arvind Khilnani
Saurbiyar - Sandeep Gade
Joan - Swati Agarwal
Smith - Smitkant Raturi
Kloshe - Ashish Korde
Landriye - Ashwani Tikoo
Pilrey - Naresh Sharma
German sipahi - Shelly Agarwal / Kapil Sangawan / Ashish Bhargava

The Play :
Maut ke Saye Mein is a hindi adaptation of the critically acclaimed play "Morts sans sepulture" (Men without shadows) by french laureate Jean Paul Satre.

It is a play based in the dark ages of French Revolution when the very existence of human free will was under the strict vigilance of the Nazis. The story is about five prisoners of war who await their turn to be tested against the Nazis one by one. Inspite of its background, the play is entirely just about one thing - "human emotion under trying circumstances". Its about how these prisoners discover a new self of themselves so close to death. How each one of them proacts and reacts to the physical and emotional pain inflicted upon them. How some come close to the verge of breaking down .. how some realise the worthilessness of their lives .. how some see how close and yet so far can situations drive friends and lovers and how some get so taken by the idea of "winning" that they forgo all human reasons and relations. The high point of the story is the climax where the prisoners, who always wanted to die of honour, finally decide to live in shame .. live to see the beauty of the world .. to hope for the realization of freedom .. and it is just then when they were so full of "life" were they doomed to be killed !!!

During the second performance of the play, in March 2003, few actors were replaced.

Mehul Jain <--> Pratyush Singh
Ashwani Tikoo <--> Ashish Bhargava
Shelly Agarwal / Kapil Sangawan / Ashish Bhargava <--> Piyush Maskey / Mayuresh Soaji /Raheem Darediya

Some memories from the play -
  • When the play was being staged during oasis, as the scene of Auri killing fransua progressed, silence fell upon the audi .. which finally broke down with an applause by the judges !!!
  • Khillu almost never remembered his lines in the first few run-throughs .. he had to be provoked by cues like "Auri kya tum bhi joan se pyar karte ho" by Smit :)
  • Gade had to be slapped in one of the scenes by Kor, who had to use his left hand for it. There was a session by the guys dedicated just to show Kor how to slap with his left hand .. the target ... well poor gades right cheek :)
  • Due to some incidental accident, Kor was coined as "Korde Korde shyam rang korde" .. to upkeep the cleaniness of the site, the accident cannot be described :)
  • Talli ka famous "hmmmm" that carried on through the semester :)
  • Tallis extrememly real use of props where he could feed more noodles into his mouth with his mouth still shut and where a spoon could remodel as a pen in less than a minute .. should we say 007 tals !!
Achievements :
Swati Agarwal won the Best Actress award.

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Hathyaare

Date : August 31st, 2001
Directors : Shantanu Goel & Smitkant Raturi
Production Managers : Ashish Bhargava & Swati Agarwal
Playwright : Narendra Kohli
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Banarsi Das - Ashish Korde
Anil - Arvind Khilnani
Shalini - Vasuta Agarwal
Vajyanti - Pallavi Borse
Khanna - Spandan Sharma
Stri2 - Aishwarya Singh
Stri1 - Alpika Mishra
Purush2 - Ajay Kulkarni
Purush1 - Amit Bajaj
Shanti - Anshul Mehta
Kartikeya Misra

The Play :

The play revolves around the family whose youngest son is murdered.

It starts with the news of the youngest son being murdered while trying to save a family from dacoits. His family is quick to accept this fact and display their pride for him. But as the story unfolds they realise that their son was linked in criminal activities and had a secret affair. They are aghast to learn this and even refuse to accept his girlfriend as one of their own. Later on when they come to know that their son had hidden a lot of money with this girl they readily bring her into the family.

The curtain falls as the head of the family subtly hints about killing their son's girlfriend once they have the money, proving that the family was no better than the men who killed their son. Great perfomance by everyone, but Ashish Korde made his act of an old guy, immortal.

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Ek Ruka Hua Faisala

Date :
Directors : Prashant Biwal & Swati Agarwal
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Einstein

Date : February 14th, 2002
Directors : Arvind Khilnani & PDP
Production Managers : Swati Agarwal & Ram Deshpande
Playwright : Mohan Maharshi
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Einstein - Sandeep Gade
Young Einstein - Shantanu Goel
Baccha Einstein - Mehul Jain
Kepler - Naresh Sharma
Galileo - Ashish Korde
Miliva - Vasuta Agarwal
Margarette - Shuchi
Marcel - Paritosh Modi
Michael - Ashish Bhargava
Christian Teacher - Shelly
Max - Karthikeya Misra
Balika 1 & 2 - Aparajita
Helen - Mandeep
Gypsy Jadugar - Smitkant Raturi
Gypsy Ladki - Aditi Nath
Moti Aurat - Alpika Mishra
Aristotle - Vishal Gupta
Disciple 1 - Vivek Tripathi
Disciple 2 - Pratyush Singh
Disciple 3 - Rahul

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Aur Woh Gadi

Date :
Directors : Manish Tahilyani & Ramprasad Kamath
Production Managers : Kalpesh Patel and Shelly Aggarwal
Playwright : Manish Tahilyani & Ramprasad Kamath
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Collector Hukum Chand : Prashant Biwal
Iqbal : Bipin Deosthale
Jagga : Arvind Khilnani
Jagga ki maa : Vishakha Gupta
Imam Chacha : Ram Deshpande
Imam ki beti (Nooran) : Prajkta Prabhu
Lala/Gurudware ka rakhwala : Sumeet Gupta
Lala ki patni : Swati Agarwal
Daroga : Ashish Korde
Hawaldar1 : P Jagdish
Malli : Ashwani Kumar
Malli ki gang ka daku1 : Pratik Shukla
Malli ki gang ka daku2 : Naresh Sharma
Yuvak : Kapil Sangwan
Bhai Meet Singh : Sumukh Kulkarni

The Play :
The setting for the play is a village close to the Pakistan border just after independence. Communal tensions are just beginning to stem but the village as such is peaceful and calm. The play shows various forces operating – communal harmony, communal hatred, law and administration – at several levels. The story is not about one person, family or even a village for that matter. It is the story of a nation – told through the lives of ordinary villagers and how lives of these people are affected in the process. It is a tale of love torn across borders, hatred and violence incited across borders and suffering across borders.

Central to the play is the train passing through the village, which one day, is laden with Hindu corpses – a result of carnage on the Pakistani side. This incident tips off the fine balance in the village and all evil forces of rouges, of people out to settle scores turn rife. Muslims of the village are forced to flee for their lives. Caught amidst this are the poor civil and police law-enforcement officers who are clueless as to how to tackle the situation. Then there is a group of dacoits and revenge-seekers that hatch a plan to pay Pakistani’s in the same coin.Not surprisingly, only the evil plans succeed and all that is left is pain and suffering

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Ek Aur Dronacharya

Ek Aur Dronacharya

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Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai

Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai

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Mere Bacche

Mere Bacche

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Ek Sapne Ki Maut

Date :
Directors : Ramprasad Kamath
Production Managers : Manish Gupta
Playwright : Arthur Miller (“Death of a Salesman”, translated into Hindi by J N Kaushal)
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Ramdas : Prashant Biwal
Savitri : Anvita Mishra
Bannu : Sumeet Gupta
Harshi : Smitkant Raturi
Balwant : Ram Deshpande
Neeta : Swati Agarwal
Charandas : Arvind Khilnani
Suraj : Siddharth Toshniwal
Gulab : Ashish Korde
Waiter : Pankaj Nathani
Callgirl : Prerna Goel

The Play :
This is the Hindi translation of the English play “Death of a Salesman” – considered to be one of the best plays of all time. Some elements of the original play were adapted to suite an Indian background.

The story revolves around the life of Ramdas – a mediocre salesman working for Gulab. It is about how his failure with his job affects his wife Savitri and two sons Harshi and Bannu. When Ramdas is finally fired he is unable to take the news and pleads for a second chance but to no avail. His family, especially wife, is very supportive of him but years of emotional stress begin to show. The children’s needs come in way of the parents and compromise is difficult.

Ramdas begins to blame everyone and everything for this failure. He is unable to comprehend how other people with similar backgrounds have managed to be successful. When he ruins his sons’ celebration of a new venture his elder son comes back at him revealing some unpleasant happenings of the past and holds him solely responsible for the family’s troubles. The ghost of his successful brother is increasingly haunting at this point Ramdas. He feels beckoned by his brother and follows him and this madness proves to be the ultimate cause for this death.

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Panchi Aise Aate Hai

Date :
Directors : Bipin Deosthale & Ramprasad Kamath
Production Managers : Siddharth Toshniwal
Playwright : Vijay Tendulkar
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Sutradhar (Anil Kapoor) : Manan Rastogi
Saru ke pita (Anna) : Abhishek Singh
Saru (Saraswati) : Rajul Jain
Saru ki maa : Shubhra Kumar
Saru ka bhai (Banda) : V Srinivas
Saru ka pati : Sumeet Gupta
Chota Baccha : Siddharth Toshniwal

The Play :
The play is about a simpleton girl, Saraswati (Saru), who is overdue for marriage. Despite the best attempts by parents to find her a suitable boy and get her married off - she is rejected by every suitor that comes along. The consequent frustrations have strained relations between everyone in the family. Enter!! A stranger who claims acquaintance with the family by virtue of having lived in their neighbourhood. He very quickly charms the parents who broach her daughter’s problems with him. He talks her into realizing that she need not be bogged down by others’ opinion of her and encourages her to think of herself as attractive. His tricks work and the family is ecstatic about the marriage but Saru reveals that she loves the stranger and not he suitor who accepted to marry her. Amidst the emotional confusion the stranger overcomes his love for Saru and yet again manages her to consent to the marriage as per her parents wishes. Years later the stranger and Saru’s paths cross again when the stranger comes to know that Saru has named the child after him.

The play is characterized by its narrative style – where the narrator (stranger) controls all that happens in the play. He freezes the flow of the scenes, interacts with the audience, plays around with the actors and then sets up the scene. Although, it appears that the narrator is the central character to the play it is just to the extent that he guides along the play and helps each of the other character develop completely as the play goes by.

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O Janmya Hi Nahi

O Janmya Hi Nahi

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Taj Mahal Ka Tender

Date : November 6th, 2004
Directors : Apeksha Godiyal & Anushri Rathi
Production Managers : Aditya Aney & Uday Dhoke
Playwright : Ajay Shukla
Form : Stage Play
Type : Theatre Workshop

Cast :
Nrutak - Abhinav,Swapnil,Vijendra,Yogesh,Bipin
Stree - Sonam,Gauri
Shahajahn - Yashwant
Darbari - Aditya,Sunil,Nilesh,Mehul
Sharmaji - Ashish
Vermaji - Amber
Sudhir - Ashutosh
Bhaiyaji - Rahul
Bansal - Salman
Chaprasi - Deepak
Neta-1 - Apurva
Neta-2 - Govind
Neta’s Wife - Anshuli
Sethi - Raman
Khan - Vivek
Chopra - Dheeraj
Jahan Aara - Neelam

The Play :
Taj Mahal ka Tender is a social and political satire. It deals with the pressing issue of wide spread Corruption in India. The dramatist has potrayed a situation where Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor, is reigning in today's times and intends to build the Taj Mahal to commemorate the death of his beloved.

He entrusts this task to his Chief Engineers and owing to the deep rooted corruption he waits in vain till his death... for just the tender to pass. Through several hilarious epiodes, it showcases the greed, malice and shrewdness of the chief engineers and various other government officials involved.

The play was staged as the 3rd Theatre Workshop Demo and had a huge cast of 27. Several characters were introduced and some roles were split in the original script. Another innovation we introduced was the Nritak Mandali, which served as the narrators of the play.

The production work of the play was par excellence as three beautiful stages were prepared:

Main Stage : Chief Engineer's office
Side Stages : Shah Jahan's darbar & Nritak Mandali's Village

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Teel Ka Taad

Date : April 9th, 2005
Directors : Pratyush Singh & Vineet Kumar
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Playwright : Shankar Shesh
Form : Stage Play
Type : Theatre Workshop

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Badi Buaji

Date : September, 2004
Directors : Afshan M Khan & Abhishek Agrawal
Production Managers : Rajesh Agrawal & Nikeeta Bhise
Playwright : Badal Sarkar
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Anu - Apeksha Godiyal
Shambhu - Pratyush Singh
Druvesh - Prabhat Ranjan Singh
Yogin - Vineet Kumar
Anath - Prabal Sharma
Buaji - Rachana Reddy
Nitaida - Raheem Darediya
Phufaji - Abhinav Kimothi
Prompter - Sunaina
Rajiv - Atit Jain
Mrs.Sen - Surabhi Dewra
Munna - Aditya Aney
Shashank - Jaspreet Singh Notey
Munni - Shruti Patil
Mr. Sen - Uday Dhoke
Jagat - Roshan Bondse
Bhabi - Anushri Rathi

The Play :
Badi Buaji - an absolute rib-tickler depicting unending problems faced by an amateur theatre group trying to put up a play for their colony.

With the rehearsals taking place in the drawing room of Annu’s house, the sudden visit of dear buaji creates a massive problem! Though daddy Yogin is a cool supporter of the young artists, playing spoilsport to their aspirations of staging the play is Badi Buaji – trying to save the long protected reputation of the family…. Theatre splashing a black mark on the high held flag!

The play continues to unfold situations where the “play within the play” is being practiced against all odds with badi buaji not ready to leave and moreover adamant to take Annu along! And poor phuphaji has not much to say with buaji around!

Undaunted by the volte-face and inspired by Shambhu's quick thinking…. the artists make a delightful last ditch attempt to outwit Badi Buaji.

The end marks not only the success of the play but also wedding bells ringing for Shambhu and Annu, thanks to Shambhu’s lovable bhabhi ji!

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Gaj Foot Inch

Date : March 12th, 2005
Directors : Afshan M Khan & Apeksha Godiyal
Production Managers : -
Playwright : K.P.Saxena
Form : Open Theather
Type : Second Production

Cast :
Pokharmal - Paritosh Modi
Pokharmal's Wife - Sonali Ghosh
Tillu - Piyush Agarwal
Jugni - Zaira Zahir
Yuvak - Aditya Aney
Gullo - Khushboo Saraf
Saindas - Rahul Lakhmani

The Play :
Gaj Foot Inch is a brilliant comedy, revolving around a business family. Mr. Pokharmal is the head of the family and is a cloth merchant. His son Tillu, is wholly involved in the family business and like a typical calculating business man, his world is limited to profits, lucre and revenues.

He is quite worldly wise but when it comes to the opposite sex and romance, he's very naive. For this reason, his parents are worried about his marriage. He's always uninterested in girls... untill he meets Jugni, whom his parents want as their daughter in law. Jugni is a well educated and refined girl.

The rest of the play shows how Tillu manages to impress Jugni... despite his talks confined to clothes and profits and how he realizes in the process that life has much more to it than just 'profits and gains'.

This was the first play HDC staged in the Faculty Division 5 stage. The play had a splendid performance by Paritosh Modi, as the over critical and anxious father of Tillu.

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Aakhri Sawaal

Date : February, 2004
Directors : Pratyush Singh & Raheem Darediya
Production Managers : Sushant Ambulkar & Priyanka Bansal
Playwright : Vasant Kanetkar
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Mukta - Vasuta Agarwal
Laxmi - Nazneen Shafiq
Gangaram - Pratik Naphade
Jaysingh - Pratyush Singh
Nandu - Neharika Prabhat
Rajiv - Prabhat Bhaduria
Hema - Archana Srivastava
Devdutt - Abhinav Kimothi
Dr.Dubhashi - Vineet Kumar

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Baap Re Baap

Date : April 4th, 2004
Directors : Alpika Mishra, Vasuta Agarwal, Raheem Darediya & Pratyush Singh
Production Managers : -
Playwright : K. P. Saxena
Form : Stage Play
Type : Theatre Workshop

Cast :
Nurbaksh - Kapil
Vikas - Rahul
Minu - Nithya
Lily - Jay
Mrs. Iyer - Shiva
Doodhwallah - Abhijeet
Anokhi Devi - Radhika
Goonga Baap - Piyush
Fazal Chacha - Amit
Nakli Baap - Satish
Asli Baap - Thakur

The Play :
Baap Re Baap was the first play with which Theatre Workshop was conceptualized. The play had a comedy theme and was centered around a family where the couple thinks that their father is lost and announce a reward for him. From the servant of the family (Noorbaksh) cracking jokes every now and then and trying to woo the “pretty” family friend to strange neighbours who keep dropping in to sympathize with the couple to frauds who keep coming to claim the reward, the play had the audience laughing all the way. With first timers on stage, non hindi speaking cast members and a cast of psenti-semites, it was a tough task initially but the enthu and dedication showed by the cast members (to the extent of practising in the bhawan wings), the “fear” of the diroz and the help and commitment of the prod made it a great learning experience for diroz, club members and cast members alike and set the pace for all the Theatre workshops to come.

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Friday, December 16, 2005

Baaki Itihaas

Date : September 3rd,2005
Directors : Vineet Kumar & Abhinav Kimothi
Production Managers : Afshan M Khan & Aditya Aney
Playwright : Badal Sarkar
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Sharad Nag - Ishan Shukla
Vasanti - Khushboo Aggarwal
Vasudev - Himanshu Kerni
Kanak - Apeksha Godiyal
Nikhil - Ritesh Agarwal
Sitanath Chakravarti - Pratyush Singh
Agantuk - Rwitajit Majumdar
Kanak Ka Baap - Sankalp Kathuria
Vijay - Mukul Malhotra
Vidhubhushan Babu - Prabhat Ranjan Singh

The Play :
Itihaas - The history of a common man... struggle to survive... birth, childhood, education, job, marriage, family, death. Baaki Itihaas - The history of mankind... fights, riots, wars, death, destruction, exploitation, molestation....

Baaki Itihaas - a beautifully narrated story of man and mankind. How man in trying to give a meaning to his life tortures the rest of mankind. How man after reaching a stand still in his life, in search of a new goal in his life, intentionally or unintentionally, discovers means for the destruction of his own kind. Hidden in the pyramids of Egypt, the Roman colloseums, the Arabian deserts, Hiroshima ,Nagasaki -- Baaki Itihaas.

Sitanath, a normal middle class man in his forties, commits suicide. Another middle class couple Sharad, a college lecturer, and Vasanti, a writer, ponder over the reason of Sitanath's suicide. Both of them writing stories out of thier imaginations. Finally Sitanath's ghost explains the reason to Sharad. He narrates the story of his life, which makes Sharad relate his own life with Sitanath's so much so that eventually he addresses Sitanath by his own name,Sharad. Sitanath account's his life falling into a routine, becoming aimless which compelled him to commit suicide. He describes in making his life meaningful, what man has made of man. This made him commit suicide to prevent him for falling a prey to the same.

The Play is actually three stories in one. Vasanti's account, Sharad's account and the true story by Sitanath's ghost. Long but powerful dialogues make the script all the more gripping. Though the story is on the pessimistic side of life yet strong logical arguements in favour of the subject leave a lasting impression.

The cast had five first time actors.Last scene was done in complete blue light.The music used was arranged by Ishan and Pratyush. Superb performances by Ishan n Pratyush highlighted the play. Especially Pratyush's brilliant acting as Sitanath, playing three different characters in one, left the audience gripped to their seats in awe....

Not to go unmentioned the marvellous chart-work by the production team. The charts implemented on two innovative ideas - a half burnt suicide note and a noose, attracted a great number of people

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Aadhi Raat Ke Baad

Date : March 13, 2004
Directors : Naresh Sharma & Raheem Darediya
Production Manager : Pratik Naphade
Playwright : Shankar Shesh
Form : Stage Play
Type : Second Production

Cast :
Judge - Vineet Kumar
Chor - Pratyush Singh
Padosi - Naresh Sharma

The Play :
Aadhi Raat ke Baad is one play which everyone will remember for a long time. Not just because it had two great actors performing together, not because the first-time-production-manager Pratik Naphade showed such promise in this play and tried a totally different marketing strategy, not because we completed the play in just 8 days and not because HDC was having its first off-campus diro and off-campus actor. But more importantly, this was the play where one can see the strength HDCites have in them, the determination and dedication that they put in each of their plays, the enthu, the chool, the energy that they derive from within because they love their club. The actors had the toughest acting schedule one has ever seen, from dawn to late-nites, rite from the day when the reading started till the play got over, they gave their every second to the play. We salute you for your effort.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Taqat

Date : October 25th, 2004
Directors : Raheem Darediya & Nazneen Shafiq
Production Manager : Pratik Naphade
Playwrights : Pratyush Singh, Vineet Kumar, Abhinav Kimothi, Raheem Darediya, Pratik Naphade, Nazneen Shafiq
Form : Street Play
Type : Oasis Entry, CEERI Production

Cast :
Nat - Pratyush Singh
Natti - Rachana Reddy

Maharaj Vijay Singh /England - Ishan Shukla
Senapati / Japan - Shamminder Singh
Mahamantri / Italy / Osama - Prabhat Ranjan Singh
Farmer - Pratik Naphade
Farmer's Wife - Sonali Ghosh
Prince - Hrishikesh Deshpande
Durban - Mohammed Nazmi

Hitler / Germany - Vineet Kumar
Hitler's Father / Powell - Raheem Darediya
Hitler's Mother / France - Archana Srivastava
Austria - Prabhal Sharma
Russia - Roshan Bondse

Bush / America - Abhinav Kimothi
Condelezza Rice - Renuka Dixit
UN Secretary / Citizen - Nikeeta Bhise
KPC / Citizen - Priyanka Bansal
Germany /Durbari - Nilesh Tathawadekar
News Reporter - Priya Gupta

The Play :
Taqat is the story of man, over the ages, who got Power and misused it. The play presents one of the dark realities of human history - "Power Corrupts". The three acts of the play potray the three forms of governments: The Monarchy in Ancient times, the Dictatorship of Hitler and the present day Democracy of President Bush.

Taqat was first performed as the competitive entry from BITS in Oasis 2004, where it won the Best Play award (2nd Prize). Later it was performed at CEERI in the February, 2005. The play apart from its strong theme had brilliant performances from the narrators of the play Pratyush Singh and Rachana Reddy. All the actors had to play more than two characters.
The play had many difficult and symbolic formations and was sprinkled throughout with thought-provoking poetry by Pratyush Singh. The Holocaust and WTC towers scenes were appreciated well. The play had live music by Bipin Kulkarni(flute) and Rajan Pandey(dholak). Kamal Deep played the flute for CEERI performance

During the CEERI performance, few actors had changed, the changes are as follows:

Priyanka Bansal <--> Surabhi Dewra
Mohammed Nazmi<--> Ashwini Kumar Chakre
Prabhal Sharma <--> Himanshu Kerni
Archana Srivastava <--> Apeksha Godiyal

Achievements :
Taqat
won the Best Play award, 2nd Prize.

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Monday, November 28, 2005

AnnaSaheb

Date : February 15th, 2005
Directors : Raheem Darediya & Abhinav Kimothi
Production Manager : Pratik Naphade
Playwrights : Pratyush Singh, Vineet Kumar, Abhinav Kimothi, Raheem Darediya, Pratik Naphade, Ishan Shukla and Ashwini Kumar Chakre
Form : Stage Play
Type : Semester Production

Cast :
Anna Family
AnnaSaheb - Vineet Kumar
Ayi - Rachana Reddy
Vicky - Pratyush Singh
Pappu - Ishan Shukla
Nisha - Aqsa Musthaq
Gade - Rajesh Agrawal
Patil - Uday Dhoke
Jaggu - Himanshu Kerni

Miyan Family
Miyanji - Raheem Darediya
Ashfaque - Abhinav Kimothi
Feroze - Varun Anand
Kauda Singh - Shammider Singh
Abbas Rangoli - Jai Prakash
Saleem Chikna - Aditya Aney
Chaman Hatela - Ashwini Kumar Chakre

And the others...
Babu Kaka - Prabhat Ranjan Singh
Commissioner - Neharika Prabhat
ACP - Swagat Borah
Waitress - Afshan M Khan
Chief Minister - Sushant Ambulkar
Shanti Seth - Abhishek Sinha

The Play :
Anna Saheb was inspired from the Mario Puzo's novel 'The GodFather'. The Play had a cast of 21 and was different in more than one ways. Be it blood on-stage, haircut during the play or theme music(especially composed for the play by Music Club), the play left the audience in sheer awe. The audience loved every minute of the play, be it the lighter moments between Pappu and Vicky, or the most scariest torture on-stage, done by Pratyush Singh and Uday Dhoke on first- time actor, Ashwini. (I hear girls had closed their eyes, when Dhoke picked up a huge hammer!). AnnaSaheb had a total of 7 debuts and a massive production work, thanks to Production Manager, Naphade, the team never had any complaints.

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