07 May, 2021

The Best In His Line

A well-lit magnetic thespian and his lifelong influence over typecast and rounded others

The Best In His Line

It begins with a death, a jostling on one of Mumbai’s notorious local trains and a bunch of irate women who somehow fail to rea­lise that the man with flailing arms is having a heart attack. Legendary firebrand theatre director Amitabh Kulashreshtra slips out of life and releases a can of worms. Not that the worms were absent during his lifetime—he was in court for sedition, attracting the rage of Hindu right wing forces who objected to his stand against Dalits. However, trending as that subject might be, Cut is not a novel about sedition in politics, though it may certainly be about sedition in love with the world of Marathi theatre as its backdrop.

Sreemoyee Piu Kundu puts together a narrative that is divided into three acts, much like a play, the tale of a dead theatre activist, and the women in his life. Sarla his wife, Maya or Mrinalini, the Bollywood heroine with an abusive father and its obvious promiscuous fall-out, Marie Bour­daine, who flits through two chapters without creating too many waves but, establishing a Peter Brook kind of...

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