In a time when biopics in Bollywood are taking the road by the speed of Formula One cars, it’s refreshing to witness a biography take the shape of a play.
Actor, painter,writer, singer and a candle maker, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi has worn many hats; perhaps a little too many for one life.
If it isn’t courageous enough for a single mother in India to put her life on pages, Krishnamoorthi takes a step further by bringing her book live into a play.
This evening I found myself at her book inspired play Drama Queen and by the end of it, the standing ovation echoed my sentiments, “Suchitra Krishnamoorthi led Drama Queen is a winner.”
1. The sole soul: The play obviously features Suchitra in the lead role but what’s interesting to watch is that the other characters in the story i.e Amma, Nana (Her dad), Pankaj, Chandini and others marking pivotal phases of her life are only present in voice-overs. The woman single-handedly grips the show and enunciates lines to perfection, and emotes to a tee. (Nana, her father is a man of no words, literally; yet he forms a character in the plot)
2. Act-Backdrop synergy: Most often it so happens that the act on the stage and backdrop lack synergy, this wasn’t the case for Drama Queen. The controlled beam and regulation of lights and music perfectly heightened the emotion of the given moment.
3. Drama in Drama Queen: You know the title of the play is just when the central character makes statements like, “Ventakash (a potential suitor as per amma) looked like a bald porcupine.” Her amma, a school teacher rightly points out the flawed figure of speech.
P.S: If you think the stage or screen belongs to debutants, you’re not wrong because this theatre debutant certainly owned the act. Drama Queen by AGP World is a play you shouldn’t be missing 🙂 Until next time, #StayCurious.