Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane
5TH March, KAMANI AUDITORIUM, 7:30 pm
A director’s note for my version of Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane… I don’t have too much to say in it. Unless I admit that the director, for most parts, was following the writer’s dictates.
I’ve become aware that in most of my plays, barring half of Ilhaam and all of Aisa Kehte Hain, most of the direction is done at the writing table. In the rehearsal room I’m only trying to match, as closely as possible, the actors’ visuals with what I had imagined while writing.
Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane being the first play written and directed by me, is hounded the most by the writer’s presence. Everything you see was born on the floor of my living room. Thank god for the actor who saved it from becoming an incestuous feat!
- Manav Kaul
Rajkumar has been requested to write a poem for a compilation to be published.
If you knew Rajkumar you’d realize the absurdity of the request.
In an hour long monologue, Rajkumar tells us about his unremarkable life in his nondescript village and the five grains of sugar – the five people – who have stood out in this drab life for reasons stranger than fiction.
The filmy mother; her poet brother Pundaleek; Raghu, the school hero; old man Radhey; and the anonymous ‘Truckwala dost’.
As Rajkumar talks, the five grains become a single life-game that he has been unknowingly playing for years……and Rajkumar realizes that everyone has a story inside them.
Best Actor (Male): Kumud Mishra
Kumud is a graduate from the National School of Drama and has been acting in theatre for the past twenty years. Kumud moved to Bombay in 1995 and has been working with directors like Sunil Shanbag, Satyadev Dubey and Manav Kaul. He has also worked in films like 1971 and Sardari Begum. His prominent theatre productions include Ilhaam, Sudama Ke Chawal, Bali aur Shambhu and Cotton 56 and Poylester 84.
Best Script & Best Director: Manav Kaul
Manav Kaul Started the theatre group Aranya in 2004. He has written and directed Shakkar Ke Paanch Daane, Peele Scooterwala Aadmi, Bali Aur Shambhu, Ilhaam, Aisa Kehte Hain, Shabd Sangeet and Park. He has also worked as an actor with theatre directors like Satyadev Dubey, Sunil Shanbag & Alok Chatterjee