It’s worth watching Rohini as ”˜Baa’ in this Gujarati play

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By Manju Mittal

I am here to write about my first experience watching a Gujarati Play ”˜Baa Tane Hu Kya Rakhu’, the play was held at Castle Hill RSL theatre on Friday November 11, 2016. Legendary actress Rohini Hattandadi was in Sydney for the play her second live performance in Australia.    The play written by Vinod Sarvaiya was directed by Vipul Mehta with Rohini playing a lead role in drama as Baa. The play was originally written in Marathi by Ashok Patole.

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Its about Mangla Divecha who is shuffling between homes of two sons, after her husband’s death. She  finds happiness, despite her daughter-in-laws not being happy even when scuttled around a lot. “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art” is a proverb rightly suits this play, especially when one is in the shoes of this old woman. It is an educational, an entertainer with a humour and a soul that touches the audience leaving a strong impact on people’s minds. The hall was full and the audience responded to the drama with strong applause.   There was a lot of humour interspersed with interesting facts and realities.

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We all know the legendary actress Rohini Hattangadi is an excellent actress, known for  portrayal of Kasturba in the Oscar-winning film ”˜Gandhi’ also she has won several national awards.  Rohini steals the show as Baa Mangla Divecha, other actors did equally well in this touching tale.

Rohini Hattangadi, after the play, said, “I would encourage everyone to come and watch it. It is not a serious kind of drama as you will find lot of funny moments too. Also do spread the word about the play and share on social media. I would like to thank all my fans who have watched my theatre drams, films and television shows that I have been in, I am really happy that even today they have kept me in their hearts.”

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Organisers of the event Chirag Parikh and Foram did an excellent job as the show seemed most organised and well disciplined. A similar play by Perth’s Prashant Tupe’s ”˜Samantar’ last year had Rohini Hattangadi when we witnessed her excellent performance.


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It was a pleasure to watch flawless drama with great message in the end on ageing and how one copes with it irrespective of circumstances. Do go and see this highly recommended play as we will all face the inevitable phase of life of getting old one day.

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