The city-based cultural organization SETU is organizing the famed play Maa Retire
Hoti Hai that has Jaya Bachchan playing the lead. The director, Ramesh Talwar,
has imparted new emotional grandeur in this version of the play that has been
hugely successful in the relatively narrow confines of the regional languages,
Marathi and Gujarati. As a director-cum-actor, Talwar provides a meaningful counterfoil
to the central character of the play, the mother. The play brings out all complexities
and emotional intensity of a mother.
The play deals with a family that is emotionally embattled. The sons' part of
the world lies beyond their mother's home, the husband believes that he is responsible
only for the material part of the home, and the daughter has eloped and thereby
shunned the home. What is Maa left with? What is it that she should seek to protect?
A new journey must begin; after all she is as much of a human being as her children
and her husband.
Sudha, the protagonist of the play, chooses to retire. It is a journey away from
home that symbolizes the essential loneliness of every human being. The play leaves
us with the question of whether the belief that each human being is an island
can ever bring peace to us or if we need to expand the walls that we have created
around us by limiting our compassion. That is, can we feel at an emotional level,
the concept of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' (the world is a family)?
This will be 501st enacting of the play, which has been staged successfully across
India. Please contact Nikunj at 98493-30191/753-3144/340-3554/753-3138/476-0448/682-7103
for further details.
Cast: Jaya Bachchan (Maa), Manish Wadhwa (Mahesh), Geeta Tyagi (Jyoti),
Ruma Rajni (Veena), Amar Babaria (Neeraj), Neha Rawal (Lata), Shailendra Gaur
(Pathak), Ramesh Talwar (Papa)
Director: Ramesh Talwar