Play Review: Aakhri Peshi

| November 15, 2017 | 1 Comment

Well, this is a first in series on filmishilmi.com of reviewing the plays that have so to say,a conscience and are a mirror to the society in general and individuals in particular.

Yesterday, saw a play ‘Aakhri Peshi’ (Last Hearing) at Prithvi Theatre,Juhi,Mumbai.

An IPTA production, its an adaptation of Vladlen Dozortsev’s original by Mumtaz Nikhat.

Though set against the backdrop of medical profession,its theme is so contemporary. The issues and questions about morality,conscience,integrity it raises are universal and valid for any field or profession, more specifically to the governance.

It narrates the story of a Padam Bhushan awardee heart surgeon Dr Kazmi (Aanjjan Srivastav) who is now a deputy Health Minister, and is soon to be elevated to a Cabinet Minister rank.

His rise to the corridors of political power is due to his enviable record of successful heart surgeries.

On the day he is to be elevated to the Cabinet rank, a commoner, an unknown protestor (Sanjeeva Vats) comes along with a woman Veena (Manju Sharma)and asks him to resign from his position as he is not worthy of the job.

It stuns Dr Kazmi and his secretary Yadav, who has this uncanny knack of solving problems and managing the organization.

What ensues is a kind of court hearing where the commoner rakes up the case of a certain patient Madan who was refused surgery,very unsympathetically, by Dr Kazmi when he was heading a very renowned Cardiology center.

Why Madan was refused the surgery, why this is such a prickly issue now for Dr Kazmi and his Man Friday Yadav, who is this unknown protestor, this vigilante, who seeks justice for Madan, and also for a rookie journalist who was on the verge of breaking a story that would have stained Dr Kazmi’s reputation and exposed him for his misdeeds and manipulations.

The whole interaction brings out the numerous skeletons from the cupboard and in the process questions the very raison D’ĂȘtre of Dr Kazmi’s and Yadav’s professional competence and ethics.

It does not stop at this, but creates a situation where arguments and counter arguments are put forth justifying the respective positions, lending the whole situation to a rising drama.

Leo Tolstoy had remarked: There are only two genuine kinds of misfortune- illness and pangs of conscience. What happens when pangs of conscience knock at the door,when the inner voice raises its pitch and makes you analyse your whole life as nothing but a charade. ‘Aakhri Peshi’ addresses it in a sharp,sombre manner.

Director Jaspal Sandhu has been able to deftly bring out the inherent drama in such a conflicting scenario, with required insight and understanding.

Performances all round are commendable. But its Vishnu Mehra’s act as a bureaucrat,a wheeler-dealer secretary Yadav that stands out.

Someone quipped
‘I would rather be known in life as an honest sinner than a lying hypocrite’.

To all those who love to be hypocrites, or want to see hypocrisy exposed, this play is a mirror. Worth a watch.

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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema's keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema's chameleon like traits.

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  1. Anushka Parmar says:

    Really was a good play. Thoroughly enjoyed it. And being Prithvi it was exceptionally well enacted. Glad to have seen it.

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