Prashant Damle is one such versatile stage artiste in Marathi, who has been offering non-stop entertainment in theatre world for more than 25 years now. In his latest play ‘Bahurupee’, Prashant brings alive a typical character of a folk artiste from villages, who are so perfect in changing their forms with spontaneity; to entertain people. ‘Bahurupee’ written by Shekhar Dhavlikar and directed by Prashant’s favourite director Mangesh Kadam, offers not only non stop entertainment, but also goes on to show the plight of such artistes, who are exploited by people by making them dance to their tunes.
In this play, Prashant gets a golden opportunity to play a double part, one that of this poor artiste from village side and the other being that of his real life character of an artiste. But, director Mangesh Kadam, instead of unnecessarily glorifying his real life image, goes on to show the selfish and professional attitude of today’s so called stars, who go to any extent to make big money even with their mere presence at any event, be it a funeral or reality show on television. On the other side, the play goes on to show how a poor folk artiste is being exploited by the money minded youngsters who try to use him in a reality show, only because he resembles a celebrity.
Director Mangesh Kadam has used this character of Sada Ingavale- a poor folk artiste, not only to entertain one and all but to also educate them with his vast knowledge about mythology. Every occasion you find Sada singing and dancing on those beautiful lyrics, he delivers a message to the society. Though there are three generations shown in the play clearly highlighting the generation gap on specific issues, it is the interaction between old lady Anandi Mujumdar ( who is more keen on hosting Navaratri celebrations at her old ancestral bungalow to fulfill her last wish) and Prashant Damle (who walks into their house taking both the forms) that captivates the audience. . More than Prashant’s interaction with other members of the family, it is his encounter with the old lady that brings out the real clash of titans on the stage. ‘Bahurupee’ is a well scripted presentation which is sure to touch your hearts.
Prashant Damle is at his best playing both the parts differently using his acting skills. Rama Joshi as the old Grandma- Anandi Mujumdar is remarkable. The manner in which she reacts in the climax scene goes on to prove her adaptability. The other co-artistes have supported well and display an excellent team work. Music by Ashok Patki is good and equally good are the technical areas of set designing and light effects. Once again Mangesh Kadam -the director, has proved that there is no match for Prashant Damle, when it comes to performing such types of roles.