Watching Rage Production’s One on One 2 is like watching 9 different lives & realistic moments squeezed in one play. The play is a winner.
The plots are simple but leave a mark. Anu Menon gives a small peek into the life of a mother
stressing with her children and domestic
life. Vrajesh Hirjee is a NRI Gujju from
USA explaining his unusual bride finding journey in the plane. Rajit Kapur attends
his physiotherapist’s funeral that has died in the Nepal avalanche and the arduous
journey to get his body amidst red-tapism. Zafar Karachiwala plays a Sindhi
real estate agent hit on hard times, but still raring to go. Gopal Datt as TC speaks
about being a newbie TC in Indian Railways. Hussain Dalal & Sumeet Vyas are
two soldiers on the Kashmir border speaking of the fruitlessness of war. Meet
Neil Bhoopalam aka DJ Elvis who is attempting to make a name for himself, while
Shikha Talsania is a bride who gets jitters on her marriage day. The finale has
first-time producer Sumeet Vyas speak about the world of Bollywood.
It takes daring to create a real world on stage in pieces and let us see this world with a touch of poignancy and lot of humour. Full marks go to the writers who make you smile, smirk, tickle, silent and think at the same time. The language is mostly English with Gopal Datt’s piece in Hindi. The humour is both urbane, Indian and real. When the bride starts panicking, you are both laughing at the humorous chatter and connect with her. The directors make sure the writer’s world reaches you. The light & set design allows the free flow of the actors to portray the characters and tell the story.
It is a pity that English or semi-Hinglish plays like these seem to be elitist. The concept, story, characters here are very much Indian and real. Rage Production’s One on One 2 is a must watch, if you want to laugh, smile, think about the situations around us. Try seeing it just once. Regret is not the word you will attach to this play after watching it.