‘Mahanagar Ke Firefly’: The Story of Young Artists of Maya Nagari | – News in Hindi – Hindi News, News, Latest-Breaking News in Hindi

How the Corona epidemic affected the performing arts, it will be accounted for in the coming times, but leaving that era behind, there is tremendous enthusiasm among the theater workers to once again connect with the audience, open dialogue.

Two years later, a theatrical function (23 September-2 October) was organized at the India Habitat Center in Delhi. Many well-known names from the world of theater were part of the ceremony. The staging of the play ‘Mahanagar Ke Jugnu’, especially under the direction of young theater artist and writer Amitosh Nagpal, will be said to be an achievement of this festival. However, the play ‘Ain’ was also staged under the direction of noted theatrical director Atul Kumar. Amitosh was also associated with this play as a writer. Incidentally, the duo has made headlines with the play ‘Piya Bahrupiah’ (translation of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’) and has had several shows at home and abroad. The use of song and music in the Nautanki style connects this play with the folk mind.

However, Amitosh Nagpal had a central role as a writer, director and actor in the play ‘Mahanagar Ke Jugnu’. The theater of Delhi has generally seen only classic or modern plays written by Mohan Rakesh, Girish Karnad, Swadesh Deepak. There has been a complete lack of new theatrical writing in Hindi. ‘Mahanagar Ke Jugnu’ is a song that should be welcomed.

The story of this play is set in Mumbai. But who are these fireflies? Young artists, writers, musicians who have gone to make their dreams come true in Mumbai are the fireflies who keep twinkling in the city of Maya. They are looking for the moon. But how many have the desire to become a moon and a star?

NSD-trained Amitosh himself is associated with the film world of Mumbai, so is well acquainted with the rituals, tricks, struggles, hope and despair of that world. Is this play autobiographical? Yes, but this is not just an artist’s story. The play is around some of the actors living in ‘Aram Nagar’ of Mumbai. How is their life? What are dreams? And what is the struggle like? Socio-economic realities are part of the structure of the play.

A dialogue in this play, ‘Apne Mann Ki Kab Karoge Yaar’, comes in the form of a song. This is on the mind of today’s youth. This question is not only related to the youth associated with the creative field, but every youth involved in the blind race of the market is struggling with it. The play also has sarcastic, satire remarks like ‘Rent Kaun Bharega, Tera Baap’, amidst big dreams.

In a scene in the play the author pitches his story to the producer, he is advised to ‘connect the local with the global’, to which the author remarks that he never left the ‘Mandi House’!

The author, Jugnu (Amitosh), wants to see his creation on the big screen. He creates the characters for his play. Different thoughts come to his mind. He swings between life (Girija Godbole) and Sapna (Sakhi Gokhale). He has to choose between his ideal and reality. This is true for any artist, but choosing has never been easier. Wasn’t this what we saw in Guru Dutt’s ‘Pyaasa’? Didn’t Sahir write – Even if this world is found, what is it? Firefly’s life is passing in this self-struggle. He breaks, falls but does not give up.

The themes raised in this play may be old, but the color skill with which it is presented is entertaining. The presentation of song and music is helpful in carrying forward the dialogue. In fact, the energy that is in this play is one to be noted separately.

Written in the style of comic-satire, mimic, this play is targeted at the young audience. Like Amitosh, Mahadev Lakhawat is an NSD trained artist. Even though she is not in the center in this play, her character leaves a mark. Especially when they are seen fighting for survival and erosion of their ‘self’ while working in a call center.

The song-music has influences from folk style, hip hop to popular Bollywood films, while Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s lyrics – Mae ni mae main ik shikra yaar banaya and the use of Baul songs add to the poignancy of the play. Artists like Sakhi, Girija Godbole along with NSD trained artists are themselves associated with the TV-film world. Overall, this play is successful in creating the scene of the dreams and struggle of the youth from outside in the contemporary Maya city.

Lastly, the nepotism which is being debated in the film world these days, this drama also takes it in its JD. Have we seen or heard talk on nepotism in any drama in such clear terms before?

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Arvind Dasjournalist, writer

Writer-journalist Published the book ‘Media Ka Map’, ‘The Lost City in Bekhudi: Notes of a Journalist’ and ‘News in Hindi’. Film Appreciation Course from FTII. PhD from JNU and post-doctoral research from Germany.

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