Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Sticking to the original names of the characters, the production nevertheless takes on a distinct Indian idiom with a variety of Hindi dialects. The plot is quickly underway with Viola (Geetanjali Kulkarni) shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria. She believes her twin, lookalike brother, Sebastian to be dead and masquerades as Cesario in service to Duke Orsino (Sagar Deshmukh). Viola falls in love with the Duke but he is in love with Lady Olivia (Mansi Multani) who in turn is mourning the deaths of her father and brother and claims that she has nothing to do with any suitors.
But soon enough, mistaken identities and romantic interests converge, and the comedy is set in motion. This also involves Olivia's uncle, Sir Toby (Gagan Riar) and their aides conspiring to make Olivia's steward, Malvolio (Saurabh Nayyar) believe that his Lady Olivia desires to marry him. To add to the fun, Lady Olivia, forgetting her grief falls in love with Cesario when she sets her eyes on 'him'. But all ends well as Viola's missing brother Sebastian turns up towards the end of the play.