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4. Buy her tickets for a decent theater act.
And she really wouldn't have minded "30 Days In September". A play conceived by one of the leading Indian playwrights, Mahesh Duttani, this one was enacted by the cream of the crop performers, in the Durbar Hall of Taj Krishna, and presented by Seagram's 100 Pipers. POOF. Okay there we are…
Once upon a time there was this innocent toddler Mala (Neha Dubey). Her world was safe and unthreatening, and nothing could penetrate her warm bubble of happiness. Then she turned seven. Ever since, her life has been a little more than one insufferable indignity after another.
So, seemingly, "30 days in September" is a drama based on the anguish and psychological agony experienced by a child abuse victim. Depressing? You betcha… That's what we too felt before the play ended on an optimistic note!
Mala's a victim of child rape at age seven, the guilty party being her own maternal uncle (Darshan Jhariwala). When Mala turns thirty and isn't able to maintain a steady relationship (nothing above thirty days!), she starts blaming her mother Shanta (Lillete Dubey) for her psychological inability. She starts pestering her mother for being insensitive and indifferent when the mutilation was done to her childhood. She alleges that it is because of Shanta's indifference that she is no longer able to enjoy a healthy relationship, and on the contrary she starts enjoying men taking advantage of her.
Fortunately for Mala, her latest boyfriend Deepak (Joysen Gupta), a broadminded and sensible guy, refuses to part with her. Quite the reverse, he starts encouraging Mala to try to cope with her past and get it over with it once for all. The play ends with Shanta opening up the raison d'être behind her silence, which surprisingly is that she too was emotionally devastated due to the molestation by her own brother, which made her seek solace in silence and prayers.
The play is directed cannily, and we're always privy to the artless emotions of the hapless Mala (kudos to the Dubey Duo!). Mala's portrayal is credible, and so is her mom's psychological inadequacy to have been able to dissemble. Direct, unaffected performances (if that's what it is) draw us close in as few dramas are able to do.
Rudiments like fantastic acting, a well thought-of theme and an upright societal message make 30 Days In September a must-watch. An additional purpose of the play was to inspire people to live up to society's ideals, and to do it in a compelling way. It does that in spades. We'll proclaim you don't find it that way; we will personally eat our socks!