Lights, Camera, Action at the Theatreby Opinion Express September 9, 2018 0 comments
Rakesh Bedi’s new play Jab We Separated brings forth a message of how all of us deserve a second chance in life. The director and the female lead, Shweta Tiwari, get candid with Sangeeta Yadav.
From modern-day relationship issues like infidelity or nagging making couples resort to divorce, to sharing comic moments with neighbours — the play Jab We Separated, written and directed by Rakesh Bedi, has it all. It is a satire on contemporary society and relationships.
With a power-packed starcast that includes TV actress Shweta Tiwari, renowned theatre personality Rahul Bhuchar and multi-faceted actor Rakesh Bedi, the play promises to entertain you to the hilt. After a successful run in other cities, the play has come to Delhi and will be screened Kamani auditorium at 4 pm and 7pm on today.
Making a comeback to the theatre, TV diva Shweta Tiwari plays housewife Priya Sahni. “Jab We Separated is the narrative of Sanjay Sahni played by Rahul Bhuchar and Priya Maheshwari Sahni enacted by me. We live in Mumbai and have filed for divorce,” Tiwari says.
Priya feels her husband is cheating on her, while Sanjay feels Priya does not give him enough space and nags too much. The court has given the couple a time frame of six months to reconcile, if possible. But sadly, in this scenario, the couple desperately waits for these six months to get over and then subsequently get over with each other. Anyone who is married, getting divorced, already divorced and also those who are just in a relationship will identify with the references in this play. People will relate to the characters in this play on many levels and identify with the range of emotions,” Tiwari says.
Essaying the role of nagging neighbour Monty Mitha, Rakesh Bedi plays an integral part that makes people laugh and at the same time teach the couple to forgive each other. “I play a lonely elderly person who tries to buy time from people to talk about anything and everything. He goes to his neighbour Priya to borrow thread, then he comes back to buy a needle and again comes back to ask her help in putting the threat into it. Sometimes he comes to borrow a TV remote as his remote stops working. Amidst all the laughter, he tries to indirectly advice them the couple who are at loggerhead with each other. He brings a heart-wrenching twist in climax which is the best part of the play,” Bedi says who has been doing theatre for past 40 years and is currently acting in Bhabhiji Ghar Pe Hai as Angoori’s alcoholic but loving father Bhoorey Lal.
Walking down memory lane, Tiwari recalls her journey in theatre and TV. “I was apprehensive about getting on to the stage since I was scared about how the audiences will react to my performance. Unlike TV, you get an immediate reaction from the live audience. I haven’t been doing theatre for some time now since I am choosy when it comes to scripts. Frankly, there is not too much money in theatre and I feel that I need to be rewarded for all the hard work that needs to be put in. However, money is not everything and today if I do a play, it will only be thanks to a solid script. Jab We Separated is one of those scripts. When I heard it, I just couldn’t let it go,” Tiwari tells you.
Taking a cue from real-life stories for his popular plays Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Thha with Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta and Jab We Separated, Bedi feels the responsibility to not just entertain the audience but also reflect upon various situations and give possibilities to deal with it.
“My wife and I are into couple kitty parties for 25 years and all our friends meet every month and spend time together. The inspiration for my plays has been real life stories that I have seen in and around my friends’ circle. I started writing this play six years back and must have created 10-15 drafts. Jab We Separated will leave you looking for answers and meaning of life. It will make you ponder on why we are going so deep in the zone of being small hearted, selfish, egoistic and self-centred. Instead of being givers, we always want to be takers all the time. If even a single person can get the solution to their relationship issues or start thinking positively about the situations, I will be very happy,” Bedi says.
Enjoying the motherhood phase, Tiwari is busy with baby Reyaansh. “I am not concentrating on TV since the medium requires me to put in 12 hours of work, 25 days a month. My year-and-a-half-old baby Reyaansh needs all my attention love,” Tiwari says.