Life behind the small screen

Life behind the small screen

Life behind the small screen
The television or the idiot box has become an important feature in our daily lives. ‘Satellite City’, a play in Hindi, directed by Amit Sharma, and written by Irawati Karnik, showcases a unique perspective of life behind the camera and what goes on behind the small screen. 

The play was performed at Rangasthala, Rangoli Metro Art Center recently.

The cast included Akhshay Gandhi, Nirlek Dhulla, Aniruddha Bhosekar, Neha Bedi, Neha Nahata, Sonam Powar, Suresh Sharma, Manoj Pandey and Kafeel Jafri. 

A struggling scriptwriter, an out-of-work actress, a young woman trying to find her ground in the television industry, an insecure production assistant and an insane boss — the characters of the play were strong and well etched. 

The story was able to capture the audience’s attention but it could have done better if the continuity was maintained throughout the play.

Many in the audience thought that showcasing a Hindi play in the City and choosing a venue such as this was a brave move. 

The play was received well, the actors were spontaneous and did well to portray the sentiments of professionals who are in this demanding industry.

“The subject was very interesting and the play had a great mix of humour and emotions. The actors did a very good job and the story portrayed myriad emotions. The fact that the play was in Hindi made it all the more interesting. We don’t get to see many Hindi plays in the City and for those of us who do want to see plays in Hindi, it is a pleasant surprise,” says Sayyash, a member of the audience.

People of all age groups came to watch the play. Live music and some good performances were the highlights. 
The audience appreciated the actors from time to time and most came out liking the play.

“It had a balance of all kinds of emotions, which were real. We deal with such emotions everyday and the play has been written keeping in mind all these real feelings. I loved some of the characters, like the one played by the out-of-work actress and the security guard, which was very touching. I enjoyed the play. The auditorium was compact and it was much better watching the play there rather than in a bigger place. One could see and hear everything well,” says Anushree, a member of the audience.

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