Friday, November 26, 2010

Twilight- Once upon a time in Mumbai

I was not sure if this one should feature here. Nevertheless...Nonetheless...

So...a couple of years back I guess... it was one more of the pre monsoon evenings in Mumbai... Li'l E, E's wife Vibha and their friend Chetu took me to watch this play in Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai.

To those of you who are unfamiliar with the place, the theatre is absolutely vibrant... colourful...bright... young people all around... a nice canteen and a fragrance in the air- actually a mixture of different frangrances...

We entered the theatre premises, some 2 minutes before the start of the play that we had gone to attend... there is this tree as you enter- on the right... and there you had a lot of youngsters talking to themselves...amongst themselves... and there was an old man... dressed in white...kurta-pyjama... seated there, alone and staring at nothing in particular... I could notice, even from a distance, he would have been strikingly handsome in his times...

The four of us rushed to join the queue that would take us inside... I glanced again at the old man- I'd seen him somewhere... obviously didnt take me more than a fraction a second then to recognize Shashi Kapoor...

I would have wanted to walk up to him and tell him that I loved Deewar and KabhiKabhi... and that Kalyug happens to be one of the most under rated films in India and that I loved him in it...

As I stepped into the theatre for the show, was wondering had this been 20 years back, people would have mobbed him... today he was sitting there alone. The vagaries of life...

The song from his jab jab phool khile played in mind- Kabhi pahle dekha nahi ye samaan, ye maen bhoole se aa gaya kahaan...yahaan maen ajnabee hun...maen jo hun, bus vohi hun... yahaan maen ajnabee hun..

Post Script- I walked to the place where he was seated, during the interval. He'd left by then.

1 comment:

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