Grips Plays

CHHAAN CHHOTE WAITTA MOTHE

The play revolves around the friendship that develops between a brother-sister (Pintu and Rani) pair from a middle socio-economic background and another boy (Munna) from a lower income ‘working’ class. The subsequent hilarious antics of these children forms the main content of this play which holds up a mirror to the common fears, apprehensions, and insecurities of young children while simultaneously providing a vision of a society unfettered by narrow class prejudices.

NAKO RE BABA

Baiju, Lalli and their mother have been living on their own for some time when the play opens. Neither child seems to particularly miss the presence of a father although their curiosity, desire and expectations of life with a father are often whetted by the descriptions provided by their playmate & next door neighbor Manu.

At this point a colleague of their mother enters their life as their new father. The children now hope for love and fulfillment, but the reality is different. Baba is autocratic and traditional in his behavior as a patriarch. Unused to such discrimination the children rebel and their mother soon joins this rebellion to bring about a change of heart (and behavior!) in ‘Baba’. The play’s strength lies in its questioning the status of women in society and providing a more hopeful alternative to the current situation.

PAN AAMHALA KHELAYCHEY

A multi-religion cosmopolitan group of children has grown up together in school. One day the city is rocked with riots. The children disperse in a state of tension. The school closes down.
When the school reopens, the children return; but having picked up religious undercurrents.
Their fights also take on a different and communal hue. The parents are alarmed and seek to protect them by deciding to admit them to separate (community) schools.
The children repent. They decide to stop fighting and express their wish to remain together. But their parents are against it. Finally, the children agitate in a novel manner to show their solidarity.
Playwright’s note:
Mumbai saw a spate of communal riots following the horrifying bomb blasts in 1993. The play Pan Amhala Khelaychay (Par Hame Khelna Hai) is based on the events that occurred in a school in a cosmopolitan locality in Mumbai. The play attempts to portray the changes taking place in the mental outlook and attitudes of the students belonging to different communities in this school – prior to, during and after the riots. This play might have a particular significance given that it is the first original Indian Grips play in terms of both theme and the scope of its social perspective.
One expects that any performance of the play will be based on a perspective that is born of understanding and balance, from both the director and the actors. The reason for this expectation is that the play handles a particularly sensitive issue.

PAHILE PAAN

Pahile Paan is the story of two young children living in a metropolitan city in the year 2020. Pollution levels are steadily increasing although most humans are still unaware of the impending crises.
A new neighbor, the charming and versatile, Bahuroopi Kaka arrives in the housing society. He takes the children, parents, and other neighbors on a voyage of discovery relating to the role of humans in saving nature.
The children begin to take a more proactive role vis-à-vis the environment. Their concern manifests itself in caring for an old tree in the courtyard that has for long been presumed dead.
The play ends on a hopeful note with even the ‘villain of the piece’ undergoing a change of heart and the emergence of the “First Leaf ”

HAASH HUSH, THAAL THUSH

Three young children from three different backgrounds form a special bond amongst themselves though each has responded to life in their own unique way.
A neighborhood bully harasses them and also tries to blackmail them. The children plan to win over the neighbor hood bully with the help of their senior neighbor ‘Babu mama’.
The hierarchy of harassment, bullying, and blackmail comes to light and the play ends with the children’s realization of how to tackle such situations by engendering the support of adults.

SAAPADLI YUKTI SAAPADLI

A play about a boy demoralised by a loss of tooth and how he converts his weakness into strength. A boy breaks his tooth while playing in the school. His friends start abusing him to be an old man, discard him from the annual social drama and also throw him out of the group. He starts loosing his confidence but soon he finds out that he is able to whistle through the gap in his teeth and designs many modes of whistling which the others cannot dream of! He creates many funny situations in family and in school and becomes popular in school and in his own friend circle and regains his confidence to become the leader again.

STRONGER THAN SUPERMAN

This is a story of a boy, Prathamesh. He is paralyzed below waist since birth. Prathamesh and his sister are very friendly with each other and have developed their own domain of entertainment. The boy fantasizes of being a Superman, his hero of dreams. His family has accepted the fact that it is an incurable problem and they have to live with it.
It is a story about his family, his friends, his circumstances, his needs, his dreams, his fantasies, his hopes, his doubts, and his problems………. He doesn’t need sympathies at all and expects others to behave normal with him.
Some of his problems are solved by himself and his friends. Some of which can be solved by people like me and you – only if we stop for a moment and THINK about them!

AAI PAN BABA PAN

This is story of a young girl Ria who is the only daughter of her parents. Her father is a musician and is in search of a break. Ria loves music and is proud of him as he is the only father who sings so well. Her mother is a working woman and is the only one who runs the house. After 10 years of marriage she looses her patience and they fight very often. They are almost on a verge of breaking their marriage.
Ria’s best friends belong to a typical urban, upper middle class Indian neighboring family. Their father is a businessman and mother is a typical nosey house-wife. She is a woman who always makes it a point to make Ria aware of the strained situation in her family by offering false sympathies.
The children are putting up a play for the Ganesh festival and Ria’s father is helping them with the play and is composing songs for them. While the children are rehearsing Ria’s parents end up in a major showdown and her father leaves the house and the children are in a fix.
Ria understands that things may work out if father comes home. She realizes that mother too misses father. She decides to take help from her friends. They come out with an ingenious plan which would make things right.
The plan works out well and both the families realize their mistakes and start living happily.