Dramanon tickles ‘desi’ bone2 min read
Manipal: Dramanon Manipal Indianised Neil Simon’s successful Broadway comedy in their play, ‘Mismatch’ which they staged at the Syndicate Bank Golden Jubilee Hall on April 12.
“The play was adapted to an Indian setting because we wanted the audience to connect with the play in terms of its comedy and location setting. Using your own creative freedom to break out of your script’s bounds to best depict the emotions your character feels on stage is what I call Natural Realism.” Said the director of the play, Karan Gera, a third year student of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT). The rhetoric and references in the play had a ‘desi’ touch to it and the characters language was a more casual, conversational one.
The protagonists were played by third year MIT students – Ashwath Singh Kunadi and Vansh Narula who played the characters of the fun loving messy slob Oscar D’silva and his stark opposite roommate, prim and proper Felix Fernandes, respectively. Ashvath was also criticized for his aggressive antics on stage. “At one point in time, I thought that Oscar would throw something off the stage and it would hit me as I was sitting in the second row. His acting was way too real,” said Saisha Sharma, third year, MIT.
The audience was all praises for the actors. “While Oscar was desperate and a furious character in contrast to Felix’s character, I found it truly entertaining. It was indeed a unique match,” stated Lavanya Devanshi, a third year student of Faculty of Architecture.
The audience burst into fits of laughter at almost every line delivered. “The character of Hegde reminded me of my uncle, very sarcastic in nature and always complaining about his wife. I enjoyed every bit of it!” quoted Neelam Narayanan, second year KMC student.
The live band, ‘Nothing but Treble’ kept the audience entertained throughout. “The live band complemented the play very well. I really enjoyed the background score,” said Arpit Singh, a first year MIT student.
Edited by Prajwal Bhat