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‘Rope’ keeps audience riveted – The Times of India, Nagpur.
NAGPUR: For those who have stomach for the morbid, IMA’s JR Shaw auditorium was the place to be in on Saturday afternoon. An adaptation of the famous Patrick Hamilton play ‘Rope’, directed by Vikash Khurana was staged here.
A thriller from start to finish, the play has a philosophical edge as it takes refuge in intellectual superiority to justify an act like murder. It is the story of two engineering students who kill their batchmate, hide his body in a trunk and go on to have a party where the victim’s father is also invited. The trunk with the body inside serves as a dining table at this party.
Khurana and his team get it right from the first scene. The use of lights and sound, the restrained acting and the mood, that a mix of all three of these creates, keep the viewer glued. Strong story and cryptic dialogues keep the sense of drama alive. The six actors remain on stage all along the duration. Each has a distinct part which adds to the drama. Nandan Majumdar and Varun Vij as two young students who are perpetrators of the crime look their part. Majumdar’s strong character is a perfect foil to that of Vij who is a bundle of nerves. Anurag Kulkarni as Shirish Jagdale, the father of the deceased creates the right amount of pathos as he asks the two murderers of his son about his whereabouts. Khurana as Riaz Khan brings the required maturity to the character as Khan understands the youth and the queer logic behind their crime.
Making an allowance for those who come in late, a light hearted skit was presented by Supantha Bhattacharya at the beginning of the play. “We didn’t want the audience to miss the beginning as the storyline hinges on it. And as the play is very sombre this banter was a foil to it,” said Bhattacharya.