Rangashankara – Maduve Maduve
This is a musical play using quite heavily the poems of “prema kavi” B R Lakshmana Rao to the music of C R Ashwath.
One part of the story is oft-repeated love story – the birth of the story, a third angle which was actually a misunderstanding, happy ending – in marriage. If there was any freshness it should be attributed to the natural performance of the lead pair. The story is intercepted with songs and dances – typical of a feature film – probably a reason story stretched with not much happening otherwise.
Second part is about the love leaving the couple after marriage and the minor fights that happen – probably due to lack of co-operation and the need to adjust. The fights lead to the point of separation but they realize and make up.
In between there are lots of digs about many social issues and many were cliched or already-heard-of.
C R Simha was quite jovial considering his age. He mimics a famous swamiji and his blessings is reserved for lovers 🙂 Except for the lead pair – who gave natural good performance and a loud Ritwik Simha, others were passable. The other girls looked very happy and seemed to enjoy their role thoroughly. Sometimes it was little over-acting but better than average lazy acts by the boys. They looked out of place at times and looked inflexible.
Of course it is not possible to get Ashwath to sing for every show, but this recorded music was a huge put-off for me, given that I have enjoyed the plays for their direct interaction which includes the music playing at the side stage. Recorded music’s quality was also not good.
Overall, though touted as comical drama, did not make the audience laugh many times (unlike the ones where I really laughed till it ached). Probably also because it all looked either repetitive or cliched. But it did manage to make us smile few times – few dialogues and mannerisms by lead pair – and several messages were put across quite fine.