Rashomon – Play Review (Naatak.org show)

Image result for naatak, rashomonDirector Savitha Samu exceeded all expectations in direction of psychological thriller Rashomon in NAATAK.org production. The story centers around human tendency to embellish the transpired events where facts take on different hues in each narrator’s mind.

Originally, Rashomon was written as a short story by Akutagawa. In 1950, it came out as a film, directed by renowned Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa. It won several awards and is considered among the greatest films ever made and brought Japanese cinema on world stage. Incredibly challenging to produce live on stage, Naatak’s superb cast did a fabulous job. The story centers around various characters narrating harrowing incident that involves a murder.  Set in Mumbai, everyone involved, directly or indirectly, offers an account of the events that transpired on that fateful stormy day.

Image result for naatak, rashomonEach and every single member of the cast including Rohit Dube, Kukund Marathe, Natraj Kumar, Vineet Mishra, Maunic Dharia, Ranjita Chakravary, and those playing as shadows and dhol players did complete justice to their challenging roles. But truly memorable were Ekta Brahmkshatri and Rajiv Nema in some of the most challenging roles I have ever seen on Naatak’s stage.

This story speaks to  amazing capabilities of human mind that four different people offer detailed descriptive report of what transpired. Each narrator embellishes the report from their perspective, providing subjective, alternative, self-serving and often contradictory versions of the same incident, that renders their version unique and unlike any other. Five contrasting accounts of the same murder by five different individuals is enough to shake up from the core, anyone’s faith in pure and unadulterated truth with all its rawness and holds deep and profound implications for credibility of eyewitness accounts, role of perceptions and biases, and basic human right of justice for all. (see my book review on “American Marriage http://bit.ly/2Kzewz1 ).  Tickets for Naatak shows are available at www.naatak.org and don’t forget to get a season pass to enjoy the shows at discounted price.



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  1. #1 by Katie Dunlap on July 15, 2018 - 11:56 am

    Marvelous review of an amazing film/play. I saw the film in Berkeley in the 1960s, and remember being very emotionally struck by it. Best, Katie

    Sent from my iPad


  2. #2 by Pragnaji on July 17, 2018 - 6:51 am

    Darshna, you are good spectator and also a good critic. Sometimes reviewers only write about from their own perspectives and the effect of play on them. I was seating next to you and I observed you enjoyed as a spectator and you can also write a good critique. Your thoughtful reflection also encourages performers. Congratulations for writing a good review.

    I also love Rajiv Nema. He did complete justice to his role. Indeed, director Savitha Samu exceeded all expectations. I appreciate creativity inherent in all Naatak performances.

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