Mahim Junction, a musical by Sohaila Kapur takes a smattering look at
contemporary issues—among them gay rights, terrorism and the threat of communalism. Performed on 6 December at the Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi, the play opened the annual Hungry Heart Theatre Festival—an initiative that promotes theatre, film-making and the visual arts by upcoming directors and theatre artists. Some rather recognizable Bollywood elements in the play included gangsters, corrupt politicians and of course song and dance sequences echoing the golden 1960s and 1970s era of Hindi cinema. The play came to New Delhi after a six-city UK tour and shows in Singapore. It’s an entertaining, well-crafted play and timely in both subject matter and spirit in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.
A still from Mahim Junction
The Hungry Heart Theatre Festival continues on the 18 December with Tattoo, a Dea Loher play adapted and directed by Kapur. “We want to promote theatre in Delhi,” says Kapur, co-founder of the Festival. “The festival is primarily (organized) to popularize theatre among the young people, and get first-timers to gain experience in theatre production and acting.”
Tattoo is about a woman unable to shake off the amorous attentions of her father. The play opens at 7.30pm at the Akshara Theatre on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi. Three more plays are in the pipeline, although dates and schedules have not been finalized. First up is 45-35-55, an English comedy,
followed by As the Sun Sets, a meditation on retirement and old age. Mahim Junction will see a reprise later in the festival, and Lahore-based Ajoka Theatre Group will present Bullah, a play on the sufi mystic poet Bulleh Shah.
A still from Tattoo
While Mahim Junction was a by invitation-only event, upcoming plays including Tattoo have a free entry.
Free passes will be available at both the Max Mueller Bhavan and the venue, and will be issued on a first-come-first serve basis.