Goa tiatr review: Tiatr ‘Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o?’

'Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o?' is the first political tiatr from Alison de Curtorim
'Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o?' is the first political tiatr from Alison de Curtorim
'Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o?' is the first political tiatr from Alison de Curtorim Gomantak Times

After having won the hearts of the audience with his powerful political songs, Alison de Curtorim decided to take the plunge as a tiatr director, and he came up with his first political tiatr, Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o?

Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o? has been produced by Domnick D’Mello and carries a tale of trust and betrayal. It also throws light on the life of some corrupt politicians and the dirty games they tend to play after being elected as people’s representatives.

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The director has also shed light on disloyalty to the mandate, and he has touched on the issue tactfully in the drama.

Apart from regular stories related to the family, a couple of tiatr directors also pick up social issues related to the youth and the society at large. However, this tiatr focuses only on politics and the elected representatives. 

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ABOUT THE TIATR

The story is about Franky (Trinidade), who is a civil contractor, and his only son Myron (Ronny), who enjoys singing political songs. In order to avoid repercussions at a later stage, the father warns his son to do away with songs related to politics and politicians, but to no avail.

On account of his son’s stubbornness, Franky loses his job. Without giving it a second thought, Franky drives his son away from him, but Myron vows to stand for the truth and fight evil through his political songs.

A scene from 'Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o?' by Alison de Curtorim
A scene from 'Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o?' by Alison de Curtorim Mario Pires

Franky and his son live in close proximity to the MLA’s (Anil Pednekar) residence, who often claims to be a ‘humble MLA’. This so-called ‘humble MLA’ is corrupt to the core and so is his aide, PA (Willy Silveira).

Over a period of time, the MLA’s daughter (Antonette de Maina), returns from London and desires to contest the panchayat elections.

The MLA views it as a threat, but later extends his full support to his daughter, heeding the advice of his PA.

What are the consequences that follow? Will the MLA's daughter support her father or will it backfire after the victory? In the end, who turns out victorious and who faces the humble defeat?

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BEHIND THE SCENES

In this political tiatr, the focus is on the bad side of politics and politicians. The good, bad and the ugly are all that the electorate witnessed in the political arena and so the same should have been the highlights of the drama.

But, the tiatr falls short of the good prevalent in the political field.   

A scene from Alison de Curtorim's  'Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o?'
A scene from Alison de Curtorim's 'Mhojem Mazor Mhakach Mea….o?'Mario Pires

As a corrupt politician, Anil Pednekar has given a fine performance. He received support from Willy Silveira as the MLA’s PA. Trinidade, Ronny, Alijoy, Antonette de Maina have also extended good help to the main cast.

For some laughter pills, there’s comedian Ben Evangelisto, Humbert, Ambe, Amresh Kamat, Manohar Bhingui, Flavia and Stephen with a good dose of amusement.

There’s ‘Political Magic’ on stage wherein Churchill Alemao, Mickky Pacheco, Ravi Naik and other former ministers are brought live on stage by Raymond, Manohar Bhingui and Amresh Kamat.

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For some soul-searching songs, Alijoy comes on stage to render the opening song, followed by solos from Peter de Arambol, Rosario de Benaulim and Jr Reagan.

Other songs on stage are by Simran/Shanice, Xavier Gomes, Marcus Vaz and Alison de Curtorim; Peter de Arambol and Rosario de Benaulim; Jr Reagan and Shanice.

Three political songs by Alison de Curtorim and Olga; and another song by Xavier, Marcus, Olga; and a solo by Alison de Curtorim receive encores.

Alloy/Edrol (trumpet), Jayne (saxophone), Josley (keyboard), Elvis (bass), Ivo (drums) have provided good live music to all the singers.   

The stage sets are taken care of by Anthony de Ambaji, while Dinesh de Colva handles the light effects.

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