Fit, only for the Jobless

Fit, only for the Jobless
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With rank amateurishness as its sole plus running through its 40-minute play, the Sawera Theatre Group presented its second production – ‘Jobless’ - at Lamakaan on Thursday evening.

Every profession demands a modicum of appropriate behaviour, body language and poise. The world of theatre, where make-believe is a state of existence, has enough challenges for its practitioners to ensure its sustainability and success. Of course, it takes all kinds to make this world, in which some do not obviously fit in. Hyderabad has seen a mix of the good and bad of late in this genre

With rank amateurishness as its sole plus running through its 40-minute play, the Sawera Theatre Group presented its second production – ‘Jobless’ - at Lamakaan on Thursday evening.

Cast of the play, ‘Jobless’

Every character muffed its lines and walked across the stage at will. The first five minutes of the play highlighted the extent of preparedness of the cast. With one main character Tony (Mohsin Ahmed Khan), who did the same thing in the earlier play of the group, trying to cover for the deficiencies of the others – flat dialogue delivery, absolutely inappropriate body language and the likes, it was a disaster for the next half-an-hour.

The amusing theme of how painting a person’s portrait would lead to his untimely death is a great subject for a sitcom but if the core message is lost in stupid buffoonery passing off as acting then none can save a play from sinking. Of course, it did not help that the director decided to tag along a veneer of a social message to it – unemployment can lead to youngsters doing shady activities, but it pays to be fair in the long run!

Set firmly in the lower-middle class ambience of the old city where-as the lead character, Tony admits- such superstitious activities are common place, the proceedings move at a pace of its own, noted more for the lack of it. It was made worse by a set of sponsored participants in the audience who clapped and hooted whenever the lead character attempted his brand of comedy!

The group, which made its debut in August at Lamakaan with a play- ‘Rickshaw Wale Ka Sapna’ - basing it on how even God cannot reign in the galloping menace of inflation on earth had staged the proceedings then with a mix of old and new styles, the Dakhani dialogue delivery making it a watchable fare. Sadly, the same cannot be said about their second offering. An aberration this one may have been, but let us hope the next one will usher in a naya ‘Sawera’!

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