Game Review: Atmasamarpan is a realistic look at the soul of a dacoit
We must choose our battles with prudence and, when we can not, it is better to surrender for a greater good and peace. Around this theme, as can be seen from its title, the first show of Atmasamarpan , a work of Gujarati written by Nandish Bhatt Inspired by the literature of Saurashtra recently released in Ahmedabad.
Coming from Bhavnagar, Bhatt, who left his high-profile job at the MNC to follow his call theater he debuts as a director with this realistic drama that is not only his, but also the majority of the first commercial attempt of the cast.
Sociopolitical satire is established in the 1970s and sheds light on the government's surrender policy by portraying the life of a rebel who takes the arms immediately, but is caught in the vicious circle at the expense of his family. Others in your gang have also been forced to walk the wrong way because someone in society has harmed them and abused their power.
While Nandish’s acting as protagonist Bhairavsinh Thakor who is a victim of injustice and is forced to rebel against the society to reclaim his respect needs a bit of chiseling in the grey shade, Shweta Thacker in the role of a rape survivor lady dacoit Ganga leaves an impression with his delivery of dialogue. It will not be an exaggeration to say that she is the true star of this history of conflict that is also an ode to humanity. Shweta not only captures the attention of the audience, but also offers a moving performance even during their monologues compared to others in the cast that show disparate sparks of good performance only in certain scenes.
Fine make-up, good costumes and significant props like rifle and utensils add depth to the day-today scenes in the play whose plot transcends the unity of time and place. Though the set transports you to a village in Saurashtra, it fails to do so in case of rebel s’ hideouts. While the tempo of the original music has been underplayed in scenes from rising action to that of the climax, the actors too could have spoken a bit louder to be audible to those even in the last row. Pauses between certain scenes could have been shortened too to make it an
Meanwhile, if you're tired of watching the same proven comedies, watch this play by the way it imparts freshness to the issues of land and displacement, the cracking of whips by the police only during elections, education and the empowerment of women. The story also gives a message in a subtle way: Do not regret our crime-prone area, blame the government that failed!
Director - Nandish Bhatt
Duration - 1 hour
Cast - Shweta Thacker, Dhvanit Mehta, Nandish Bhatt, Dhruvi Trivedi
Classification - 2.5 stars