Ek Divas Mathakade
A young man in the prime of his life enters. Searching for something… something within him…but he isn’t looking in the right direction. He needs someone to guide him. He is searching in every person he meets, his own, personal guide…someone his father could never be. During this search, he meets an older man. Both of them have lost someone very important in their lives recently. The young man has lost his mother and the older man has lost his wife. They pull each other in their personal worlds to help understand the meaning of various events in their life…and to arrive at a way forward. The young man tries to begin his cathartic journey by opening up to the old man, which culminates in the latter reflecting upon his own life…realizing that his life is and has always been a monologue.
I was struggling to cope up with my plight while managing our household as my wife passed away unexpectedly in 2007. Suddenly the 'Kitchen' became the most active part of my life and the daily morning walks to the hill near our flat became a ritual to cope-up with the unbearable loss. It went on for a while and in late 2008 I wrote a Monologue (which has now become a part of this play). The Monologue was published in early 2009. Then the nothing happened but the daily morning walks continued. Suddenly in June 2011, I started writing this play and completed in two weeks time. While writing I suddenly realized that the character of my play has started saying his monologue and to my surprise I started writing the same Monologue which I had written earlier. Then I decided to use my own writing in the play as you will read...They say theatre is reflection of life but at times it works as a therapy too!
Satish Alekar sir’s plays are always a roller coaster ride. The way scenes are written, the history of the characters, the way they speak…every aspect is unique. Though the dialogues and events entertain you all the way, the strong social comments hit you hard! You just can’t ignore them!But ‘Ek Diwas Mathakade’ is very different, almost personal. It called for understanding Alekar – the person. After interacting with during different occasions, I realized that, strangely, Alekar can best be understood by reading his plays. Also discussions with many people, including some of his students, and most notably Atul Pethe and Girish Kulkarni helped a lot.From day one of the process, one thing was clear with the entire team – we will take as long as it takes to make this play our own and only then shall we open it for the public. The first show opened at an open air space, wherein we tried to recreate the environment with natural elements. It was received well.