Honest Tiatr review - GOYCHE FUDDARI: Youth power tapped with electoral fever

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Melba Vas, A V Fernandes, S Haldankar (Tiatr Mogi) | OCTOBER 16, 2021, 11:28 PM IST
Honest Tiatr review - GOYCHE FUDDARI: Youth power tapped with electoral fever


The tiatr is set in a college campus. Though the Principal aims that his students perform well in academics, he is at the mercy of a professor wielding political clout who is all out to infiltrate the political thought of his party in the students' wing. The advent of two new teachers in the faculty spells out new thoughts among the students. Here is the major hitch with the story. The tiatr that commences with the plot of cleansing politics and the quality of elected representatives diverts the attention to the activities of the professor, and from politics, takes on the fight against sexual harassment. Nevertheless, the story, though diverting, stands united with the offbeat reference to politics.


The script has a good depth. It has good thought in the dialogues. However, activism playing centre plot in the tiatr and the tiatr being mob oriented, there is a lot of rhetorics and speeches which gets too anti-dramatic and boring at a point. Moreover, having no comedy in the plot, which is a prerequisite of calling a presentation a tiatr, the script gets too heavy and interest gets diluted. The sideshow comedy in the non-stop drama style fails to rise to the required standard set by the main plot as there are few laugh-aloud punches and hence, the proceedings of the script get a little heavy.


The tiatr has a new cast mixed with seasoned tiatrists, and hats off to them, the tiatr speaks of good teamwork. However, being a drama of activism, there is little or no scope whatsoever in acting as the emotions on display are scanty. But, Dolla as the school teacher excels. Sandeep Kalangutkar is convincing as the Principal. Anil Pednekar is not at his usual best but is natural. Offie in a dual role is convincing. The young Jenny and Frazer show a lot of promise. Ben Evangelisto, Alexin de Morjim and Aveena try their best being natural, but the weak comedy script takes a toll. Amresh Kamat goes on to imitate a politician but in the bargain loses track of his character. Joaquim D’Costa in a cameo of a Police Officer is convincing. Wily Silveira, however, was out of place as he could not get his character and the demands of it.


The band dished out good music. The music was soothing to the ears. Marcos Vaz dishes out a solo but singing it with visuals on screen defeats the form of tiatr. There are beautiful duets by Ben and Scully and Olga. Olga is also good at her political solo. A trio by Tony de Ribandar, Joaquim D’Costa and Jr Reagan is entertaining.


The comedy of the tiatr has no link to the main story. Hence, the form of presentation is neither of a tiatr nor of a non-stop drama. The comedy punches are few with little loud laughing. 


The sets are nicely portrayed on the screen by the use of a projector, and the use of area lighting helped illumine the faces of the artistes. James Vaz is superb with the background music.


There is no direction visible in the tiatr. At times it looks as if a train is at the station with artistes standing in a line and coming out of it only at their time of dialogue delivery.  

Once again, watching this tiatr raises the question and is discussed in the audience - What is the form of presentation? Does the writer/director know the essence of the tiatr? Is it not the duty of the Tiatr Academy of Goa to look into this aspect? Is the Tiatr Academy president and vice-president and the council members there in the Academy only to receive their salary and perks without contributing to tiatr? A thorough and conscientious thought in this regard is the cry of the day!

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