‘Gardish Mein Taare’ : ‘A star-crossed tale of love and anguish’

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On July 14, 2018, theatre aficionados gathered at Sir John Clancy Auditorium  to watch ‘Gardish Mein Taare’ – a play  directed by Saif Hyder Hasan inspired  by the conflicts in the marriage of the  late legendary actor and director Guru Dutt and his singer wife Geeta Dutt.

The play was presented to Sydney audience by  passionate art lovers Manju Mittal and Ruchi Bansal  of SAI Creative Arts Network ( SCREAN).

Certain stories appear to be full of love and joy but somewhere deep inside rooted is an unrevealed pain – a pain that never ends but rather ends the life and the same holds true for discontented marital life of Guru Dutt and Geeta Dutt. This play is another opportunity to delve into how, sometimes, even love is not enough to keep a couple together.

Guru Dutt died in 1964, and much ink has been spilled over how he was unable to handle the separation from his wife, who died later in 1972.  Misfortune continued for Dutt family with the passing away of  both their sons, and now their family barring their daughter Nina, seems to be wiped out.

Director Saif Hyder Hasan has beautifully transformed the lives of  ‘Dutt’ couple in the form of a play that projected the dynamics of man-woman relationship after marriage, especially when both individuals are very ambitious about their career.

The play showcased the awry alliance between two creative people in love , their marriage, ego, betrayal, emotional chaos, yearning and anguish.

The lead actors Arif Zakaria of  Bombay Talkies and Darmiyaan fame’ ‘and Sonali Kulkarni, of ‘Dil Chahta Hai’  fame were very effective in their performances.

The music  and the whole era from 50’s and 60’s projected in the background  helped the audience  to recollect those old days of  the Hindi Film Industry. To make the story more realistic , the makers  have borrowed some real events from Guru Dutt’s life.

Dev Dutt and Bhavana, the fictional characters  of the play are shown trapped in marital turmoil and changing equations. The play begins with the death of Dev Dutt Bose and rest of the story is narrated by Bhavna Dutt Bose ( Guru Dutt and Geeta Dutt).

Bhavana describes her and Dev Dutt’s story to a cop who came to investigate about Dev’s suicide case.  The structure of the play is based on the various letters which Guru Dutt  wrote to Geeta Dutt. The letters talks  about  how Guru Dutt hoped his  films would  do well  abroad, his meeting with different people and some of the letters about his apologies to Geera for his bad behaviour.

Flashback and humour at regular intervals enhance the script. Keeping up with the nature of the play and its central character, the narration is full of elements that help in generating an artistic mood.

Few instances of  Bhavana’s intimate flirting with a cop and that too just after a shocking incident seem unjustified.  Arif has beautifully played the character of  Dev Dutt and Sonali has superbly portrayed  her character being romantic , sad, ambitious and frustrated at same time.

Inherently – the play Gardish Mein Taare is a story of a man and a woman, a husband and wife, their love and the end of the love.




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