GUWAHATI, Dec 27: True & False, a brand new adaptation of Rob Drummond’s work was staged last Friday and Saturday (December 21-22) at Pragjyoti ITA Machkhowa, Guwahati. Directed by Rohan Kr Das and produced by Pallavi Chumki Barua under the banner of Ruby Visions and Bob Barua Benefaction, the play portrays a world of reality game shows and explores notions of truth and falsehood. The cast features well known names from Assamese film and theatre, namely Jit Chaliha, Ranjeev Lal Barua, Neetali Das, Lima Das and Pratyush Barua. BOB Barua Benefaction is a trust that carries forward the philanthropic legacy of Souvik Barua, the late husband of Pallavi Chumki Barua, focusing on the uplift of the needy; all proceeds from ticket sales would go to the trust.
Known for his role in A Plot for Murder and directorial ventures such as Art for Art’s Sake and The Murder Game, Director Rohan Kr Das shared his experience with this play and the cast, saying, “It was overwhelming to direct this play with a cast where everyone has their own set of benchmarks. The audience’s reaction and appreciation today has encouraged us to come up with more such work in the future”.
The play enthralled the audience with a live quiz show with a suspenseful, hyper real time-space alternation brought on by memory. It also led the audience to identify with the many contemporary social and topical issues of everyday life that it throws up. The spectator enters into a hair raising ‘live’ arena where a quizmaster hustles neurotic participants, camera-ready faces, paste-on smiles and concocted realities. The extremely talented Jit Chaliha plays the 60 year old Quiz Master, Brian O’Neill; Ranjeev Lal Barua enacts the role of Irfan Ahmed, a psychiatrist/participant in the show; Neetali Das in the character of Meera Singhania portrays a former quiz show champion and repeat participant; Lima Das plays the lead character of Sandra Braganza, a housewife/participant; and the show’s Production Manager Pratiek Duggal is played by Pratyush Barua.