THEATRE BUZZ . PLAY REVIEW
• "Nava Gadee..." opts for settlement formula  
 
 
The bond of matrimony is like any other bond which takes a long time to mature. This has been the tradition in our Indian culture. But, the time has changed and so is the change in culture. Now, many young couples are on the verge of pre-mature break ups. The reasons could be anything, from attitude problems to ex-marital relations. In the past, for any married woman to be friendly with other man, was seen with suspicion; but today, young couples openly displaying their love towards a long time old friend or a new friend has become common. However, the misunderstandings or suspicion between their relationship hasn't changed, if the limits are crossed.

Based upon this theme, a new Marathi play 'Nava Gadee Nave Rajya' presents a young couple Rushi and Amruta who have spent just 4 months of their married life together. They are just back from UK, where Rushi was posted for his office assignment. Problem begin when an old friend of Amruta, walks in their house, without prior notice. Himmatrao, who is also a foreign returned, but with his base in a village speaks a typical Marathi from Satara and is very free with Amruta, taking the liberty to address her as 'Ammu'. Initially, not paying much attention to this friend, because Rushi still considers his wife not mature enough, being younger to him by eight years. But, when he finds some more closeness between the two, he becomes restless.

Almost at this time, Rushi's old friend Ketaki joins his office and taking the advantage of this situation, Rushi starts inviting Ketaki to his house and starts going with her for morning walks, only to teach a lesson to his wife, who does not listen to his request of keeping away from Himmatrao. A time comes, when they almost cross each other with their new partners. But, it only limits to that, as writer Kshitij Patwardhan and director director Sameer Vidwans have something else in their minds for a happy ending.

'Nava Gadee Nave Rajya' does not offer anything different from the traditional Marathi plays. Only difference is that it has been presented by youngsters. The play does not have any twists and turns in the screenplay and hence the same type of misunderstandings are repeated again and again. Amruta is supposed to be eight years younger to Rushi, but in this play Umesh kamat does not look that older to her. They moreover look the same age group. In the script, it is shown that Himmatrao , is an old friend of Amruta since school/ college days, which means he is of her age group, but when Ketaki talks to him about her senior, he tells her that he is his old friend. Obviously, Ketaki is elder to Himmatrao, then how her senior could be his old dear friend ?

The characters of Amruta and Himmatrao haven't been defined clearly in this play, though both Priya Bapat and Hemant Dhome have given their best through their respective roles. The director has tried to create humour through the character of Himmatrao, who with his perfect timing for comedy has managed his body language and dialogue delivery very well. Prajakta Datar is fine in that role of Ketaki, but Umesh in spite of giving a good performance in parts, was found blank on at least three occasions. Did he forget his lines? Is he too busy with other commitments? Or was the disturbance of mobile caller tunes distracting his attention? He is otherwise such a fine actor, having watched him in that superb performance in 'Mann Udhaan Varyache' before.

The play has received 8 nominations for the prestigious awards. Obviously, the expectations go high. But, looking at the presentation, it is felt that it should have been more sensational and entertaining. From the technical side, there is good support from Prasad Walawalkar and Sheetal Talpade, who have done a good job through the presentation of set design and lighting respectively. The coffee shot set with perfectly suited chairs and the last balcony scene in the backdrop are well designed with perfect lighting. The background music is just okay. The play fails to impress much, especially after interval, when one expects a big twist. Surprisingly, when the play claims to speak on behalf of young couples, you don't find many youngsters turning up for this show. Otherwise, it is a good play with an issue that has been sincerely dealt with a solution.

by Ulhas Shirke © MMW

Nava Gadee... Nava Rajya
Presenter: Ekdant Creation
Production: CHandrakant Lohkar
Writer, Kshitij Patwardhan
Director: Sameer Vidwans
Set Design:: Prasad Walawalkar
Lights: Sheetal Talpade
Music: Hrushikesh Kamerkar
Cast: Umesh Kamat, Priya Bapat, Hemant Dhome, Prajakta Datar
Pradip Patil
Kavita Khoje | Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM
Nawa Gadi Nava Rajya
Apratim natak..... tyat priyachi bhumika atishay uttam hoti... aani himmatrao tar massttacchhh .....
Pramod
Pramod Jangam | Sun, Mar 18, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Nawa Gadi Nava Rajya
Natak khup chan aahe...Mi pratham natak pahile khup chan vatale...Umesh kamat ani priya bapat yani khup chan kam kele aahe...Himmatrao khup chan aani kul watala...sangalana aasa friend milava.
Vilas
Vilas Korde | Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM
Nawa Gadi Nava Rajya
Chaan chaan ... Sarv kalakar ekdum mast... comedy wadhwata aali tar paha... best luck
jaywant
Jayawant | Sat, Mar 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM
Nawa Gadi Nava Rajya
Apratim Natak...some moments are so realistic in real life that i feel dt m experiencing the same.all are good.Priya is my all time favourite .Umesh is also toooooooooo good. all the best.
Pradip Patil
Monika | Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM
Awesome  Natak
The best natak I Ever seen.... Really very nice... Everyone should watch it... specially couple and married couple.
Pradip Patil
Prasad Khenat | Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 4:12 AM
Apratim
Ek athishay sunder anubhav.. navyane Premachi paribhasha milali !! tin da natak pahila , tari punha pahavasa vatata.. Kamatancha chokra ani Bapatanchi Por ek atulniya jodi !!
Pradip Patil
Vipul Kulkarni | Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM
Remark and Appreciation
Gud natak overall but saglyay imprsiv goshta tya kalyan cha show chi aashi hoti ki priya ji n umesh yana jar tho lahan mula radnyacha incident athavata aasel tar...... tyanantar priya ji n umesh sir yana aalela hasu na tyani imdet pakdlela cahrter that was imprsv kalyan cha show aamhla nehemi athvat rahil........ thanx hats off to u guys just not for u tumcha shivay aaju donhi actors was too gud (sry naav mahit nahi but natkacha middel part sahi sambhala aahe)
Pradip Patil
Pradip Patil | Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM
Comments
Natak Apratim, sunder aahe. Priya, Umesh, Prajakta yancha sahaj sundar abhinay and specially Hement dhome chi comedy natakala rangat aanate. It full complete package. Best wishes to all the team.
Dr Manoj Patil
Dr. Manoj Patki | Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 12:02 AM
Apratim Natak Pan,
Apratim Natak, Tyabaddal Waadach Nahi, Khare Tar natakawar Abhipraay Lihayalaa Shab Apoore padatil, Ase Lihayache Mhanje Kahi Kalale Ka Shastriy Sangeetala Manaa Dolawataat... Hya Mazyaa Aapalya Natakaatalyaa Himmatrao chyaa Dialoge Sarakhe Hoil.... Khoop Diwasanee Ase Kass Asalele Natak Pahatoye.... You will not belive pan me he paapale natak 10 velaa pahilay, 5-6 velachaa autograph aahet barr mazyakade tikitawar ghetalele... Agadee Prajaktaa Dataranchya aadhee jya actress hotyaa tenvapasun te aaj sameer dandekar himmatrao cha role karataaahet to paryanta. Khoop Khoop Lihayachay ya Natakabdaal, Tyatalya Vyakteerekhanbaddal, Kiti Sundar Mahatwachya vaakyanbaddal sahaj Sunder Abhinayabdaal . Pan En Ek Chotee Gosht Vichaarayachee Hoti Ki Himmatrao Cha role aata Hemant Dhome Parat Kadhi pasun karnar aahet. I Felt Very much missing in the play. Today at 12.30 show this noon at balgandharva... Sameer pan chaanach karato pan taree something missing. Me Jamalyas lekhee Pratikriyaa deincha aapalyala... Ek Hajjar prayog ya nava gadi che howot hich sadiccha... Dr. Manoj Patki
Prasad
Prasad Kurle | Sat, Jun 11, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Subhecha
ekdam mast , fatak ani chabuk natak ahe amha navin pedhi la asa natak baghayala avadtil. himmatrao khup chan kam kela ahe, umesh & priya is the best. asach natak amacha sathe anat raha tucha pud cha pravasala khup khup subhecha....
Shraddha
Shraddha Kubal | Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM
Worth it..
I had the opportunity to watch the play today at Shivaji Mandir, It was excellent, Umesh Kamath's character had all shades of real life, I guess understanding, protective , passionate yet lovable comapanion is the true essence of a successfull married life in todays world.... Bravo to good performances from all four characters..... Keep it up...
Shriram Jahagirdar
Shriram Jahagirdar | Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM
Review
Very Good Play.....The Subject Matter, Presentation, Overall Packaging, Performances of the actors....Excellent.......
 dnyanmayi satbhai
Dnyanmayi | Thu, May 26, 2011 at 9:37 PM
Natak
Khup mast natak ahe. The actors are simply supperb. Umesh & Priya chi chemistry zakkkkkkkkkkkkkkas. I wish ya natkache 1000 chya var prayog vhave. ALL THE VERY BEST.
sanket satbhai
sanket satbhai | Wed, May 25, 2011 at 9:08 AM
compliment
Jodi asavi tar Umesh aani Priya Sarakhi.... Khoopach mast natak aahe...... Himmatrao daa Jawab nahi.. Best of luck...
somnath
somnath | Tue, May 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM
Comments
Ekdam ful to fatak
 Mrunmayi Kulkarni
Mrunmayi Kulkarni | Mon, May 23, 2011 at 9:07 PM
marvelous play in modern times!!
very cool, energetic, modern play.. i liked the charecters played by Sameer Khander, Priya Bapat, and Umesh Kamat
Rupali Bhandare
Rupali Bhandare | Mon, May 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM
nava gadi nav rajya
very good Priya & Umesh Tumi kiti sundar kam kelat me maza husband kade maza b”day cha gift manun nava gadi nava rajya la jaycha manale & te me kiti chan gift magitalyacha Mala ghari yetana kalal & tumala mahitiye yetana maza navryane premane maza hat hatat gheun manale thanks tuza mule mala yevad chan natak bagayla milal. & me tumacha saglyache aabhar mante & aankhi yek gost manje himatrav kasala aaflatun manus aahe ha great superb. thanks a lot
Laxman
 लक्ष्मण शेलार | Tue, May 17, 2011 at 6:37 PM
नाटका विषयी
स्त्री कितीही गुणवान असली तरी ती मैत्रीण म्हणुन चालेल पण बायको म्हणुन नाही,स्त्रीला आर्थिक स्वातंत्र्य जरी असले तरी निर्णय स्वातंत्र्य नाही हे या नाटकाचे आशयसुत्र आहे. नाटक खुप सुंदर आहे, नाटकाचा विषय फार गंभीर आहे पण सादरीकरणाच्या माध्यमातुन हा विषय प्रेक्षकांपर्यंत पोहचवण्यात ह्या टीमला पुर्ण यश आलेले आहे.खुपच छान आणि पुढील वाटचाली साठी हार्दिक शुभेच्छा..
Rupali Jambhekar
Rupali Jambhekar | Tue, May 17, 2011 at 12:28 PM
comment on play
priya bapat ne niraagas amruta masta rangavliye.umesh kamat chi swagata hrudayaas sparshun jaataat.sanjeev khandekar cha himmatrao superb.
Pyarelal Chaudhary
Pyarelal Chaudhary | Sat, May 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM
Natak
Sundar. sarvang sundar. kalawantanchi niwad right. ekun katha saar - rajya nave gadi junech. mhanje junyach jodi chi navi love story
Prashant
Prashant | Sun, May 1, 2011 at 9:35 PM
अतिशय छान नाटक आहे.
I dont knw the all classical things of play but I enjoyed this play.... हिम्मतराव ने खूप धमाल उडवून दिली. त्याच presence of mind and coolness खूप छान होता. अमू आणि हृषीकेश यांची भट्टी खूप छान जमली आहे. दोघंही खूप फ्रेश आणि "मेड फॉर इच अदर" वाटतात. आणि सर्वात बेस्ट म्हणजे मला नाटकाचं शीर्षक गीत आणि "sound" खूप आवडलं. नेपथ्य उत्कृष्ट होत. I enjoyed a lot... आणि हो एक गोष्ट म्हणजे माझ्या एका हिंदी भाषिक मित्राने ही हे नाटक पाहिलं आणि त्याला होई खूप आवडलं
Swarup
Swarup | Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Natak
He Natak Comedy Aahe Ka?
Shriram
Shriram | Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 1:30 PM
Shubhechya
Me nehmich natak bhaghto pan mal yat kahi navin kahi changle. manala lagnare ase vtle. je ata navinch lagna karnar ahet keva kele ahe tyni he pahayla have......... me maza sarve mitrna sangitle............ tumhi he hey natak bhaga
Anand Mokal
Anand Mokal | Sun, Apr 24, 2011 at 9:08 PM
 Comments About Drama
Ho Khupach Chhann Natak...Pratek Navin Lagan Jhalelyani Va Aata Lagan Karnaryani Jarur Pahave... Me Punha Pahnar Aahe...
Nilesh
Nilesh Tapkir | Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Prashasti patrak...
प्रिया आणि उमेश, काय अप्रतिम काम केलाय तुम्ही. खूप दिवसांनी असे झकास नाटक पाहिले मी. आणि हो बालगंधर्व ला गुढीपाड्व्याच्या दिवशी झालेल्या प्रयोगात प्रिया काय भडकली होती. तिचा रागही योग्यच होता म्हणा, कारण पब्लिकला २ मिनिटही शांत बसवत नाही. Umesh- Great Actor. Priya- Great & beautiful Actoress.
Pranali Sawant
Pranali Sawant | Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 9:59 PM
  Appreciation
Hi,all.....the team of "NGNR".Fantastic experience.What else i can say...no word.Atyanat sundar abhinay ,Utkrusht samwaad. Wish you all the very best & you people rock on the stage.Congrats to all.....specially priya,umesh,hemant & prajkta. Regard Pranali
Sneha Desai
Sneha Desai | Sat, Apr 16, 2011 at 3:33 PM
 Mast
1 no.natak aahe khupach chaan......mast.
Samir
Samir | Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 9:56 PM
 Pratikriya
   नाटक सुंदर आहे. शेवट थोडा लांबला आहे असे वाटते. पण हिम्मतरावचे पंचेस एकदम सुंदर. प्रिया बापट आणि उमेश कामत यांची भट्टी चांगली जमली आहे. दोघांचा रंगमंचावर वावर एकदम टवटवीत आहे, नाटकामध्ये दोघेही एकदम cute दिसतात . केतकी पण छान रंगवली आहे. एकंदरीत नाटक निखळ मनोरंजन करते.
Aarti
Aarti | Fri, Apr 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM
Review Comment
 It is based on current situation. I liked Prashant Dhome a lot. Tyane natak khaun takal aahe. Priya la 1st half neet jamla nahi. Ti childish watnya peksha wedi jast watate. Umesh Kamath is better in 2nd half. Prajkta cha dressing sens gandlela watla. Overall Ok natak pan Prashant ne kamal kam kel aahe
Radhika
Radhika | Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM
Marathi Natak
khupach mast........ khupch chan........... aahe apratim..........
Ashwini
Ashwini | Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Experience
Khupach chan natak.....i seen at bhiwandi on 9 april'11... i liked hrushu n amu a lot lot love u both of u....i would lyk 2 watch this drama once again n want to talk wit priya n hemant.....both wer lookng fab
Darshan Fakke
Darshan Fakke | Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:30 AM
My opinion
 I just want to say "Apratim"
Ajit Andhale
Ajit Andhale | Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 3:04 PM
"??? ???...??? ??????"
उमेश कामत, प्रिया बापट, हेमंत ढोमे, प्राजक्ता दातार या सर्वांनीच त्यांच्या पात्राला उत्तम न्याय दिला आहे. उगाच नाही काही एवढे पुरस्कार मिळाले.... सर्व गोष्टी कशा साचेबद्ध होत्या. उत्तम प्रकाश योजना, उत्तम संगीत, आणि सर्वात महत्वाचे म्हण्जे त्यातील कलाकारांचा अभिनय! एकाने सुद्धा त्यचे बेअरिंग सोडले नाही. जुन्या नाटकांपेक्षा काहीतरी नवं पहायला मिळालं याचं मनाला फ़ार समाधान वाटते. दिग्दर्शन, लेखन याच नाहीतर सर्वच्या सर्व बाजु अतिशय चांगल्या सांभाळल्या गेल्या आहेत.
Priya
Priya | Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 1:21 AM
Nava Gadi Nave Rajya
just love this Play. Umesh & Priya doghani nehmipramane khup sundar kam kelai. Ani Hemant chya kama mule natakachi rangat aankhi vadhali aahe. Nava Gadi Nave Rajya chya saglya team che Abhinandan ki Tyana itkya kami kalat barech nominations & awards milale. I wish them All The Best. Keep Rocking !!!
Kalpana Tare
Kalpana Tare | Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM
Review
I saw this play in Indore and liked it .All the actors have the superb performance .Umesh & Priya both are my favourite actors.Iwish them all the best .Nanda sukhyabhare.
Mugdha
Mugha | Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Nava Gadi Nav Rajya
 Apratim Natak
Sunil Arawalkar
Sunil Arawalkar | Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:35 PM
Marathi Natak
Sundar Natak aahe... MI balgandahrwala Pahila Prayog... Umesh ani Priyachi chemistry jhakkal aahe... ektar kalakar suddha chan kaam karatat... Nava Gari Nava Rajya best.!!!