Tiatr review: ‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’

‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’ is a Lenten drama, penned by the late Fr Nevel Gracias
‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’ is a Lenten drama, penned by the late Fr Nevel Gracias
‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’ is a Lenten drama, penned by the late Fr Nevel GraciasGomantak Times

The late Fr Nevel Gracias’ 25th Lenten production Mhaka Nitoll Kor carries a story revolving around two brothers, Doming (comedian Dominic) and his brother, Ruzarin (Rosario Botelho).

Both of them stay under one roof. But, the latter is a bachelor while the former is married to Dorotin (Dola).

‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’ is a Lenten drama, penned by the late Fr Nevel Gracias
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THE STORYLINE

Doming and Dorotin are a childless couple. They pick up some guts and adopt Ruzarin’s illegitimate child, Jennifer (Jennifer), who unfortunately is born out of wedlock.

Even though Jennifer is a differently-abled child, Doming and Dorotin do not neglect her. Instead, the couple showers lots of love on her. Jennifer also finds the required love, care and attention at Gracias Home, a shelter for the disabled, run by Sir Mario (Joe de Areal).

A scene from the Lenten tiatr, ‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’, penned by the late Fr Nevel Gracias
A scene from the Lenten tiatr, ‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’, penned by the late Fr Nevel GraciasMario Pires

Gracias Home has people with different disabilities. There’s Meena (Meena Goes), who’s born deaf and Elias (Elias), who is born lame. There is Jose (Jose), who is blind from birth, and Tony (Tony), who is dumb. But, all the inmates, though differently-abled, care for each other and grow in each other’s support.

Ruzarin carries a wicked mind and always speaks ill about the inmates in Gracias Home. He refuses to accept the fact that Jennifer is his illegitimate child, and his hurtful words serve are offensive to all those residing in Gracias Home.

‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’ is a Lenten drama, penned by the late Fr Nevel Gracias
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Aware of Ruzarin’s wicked nature, his brother and sister-in-law go out of their way to help him. But, Ruzarin will not step forward to bring about a change.

As time passes by, what is Ruzarin’s destiny? Will he be punished for his misdeeds or will he continue with his destructive nature? Who helps him to rectify his wrongs?

A scene from Fr Nevel Gracias' Lenten tiatr, ‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’
A scene from Fr Nevel Gracias' Lenten tiatr, ‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’Mario Pires

BEHIND THE TIATR

Lenten show Mhaka Nitoll Kor throws light on different limbs of a human being. The message is loud and clear. We need to respect the organs of our body and glorify God through our sincere services.

The artistes on stage gave an excellent presentation. Two artistes, among them all, stand out in their performances. Rosario Botelho excels in his negative role, while Jennifer as a differently-abled child does justice to her role.

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Dominic Coelho as a forgetful husband and Meena Goes as the deaf help keep the show running with some lighter moments.

Apart from the main story, there are biblical scenes which aid in reflection and change of life. Mathew’s call by Jesus, and the cleansing the man with evil spirits are some scenes presented on stage.

‘Mhaka Nitoll Kor’ is a Lenten drama, penned by the late Fr Nevel Gracias
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In the category of songs, Elias makes an entry with a song, which is a tribute to the late Fr Nevel Gracias. Meena Goes and Jennifer come for the opening song, followed by different solos by Joe de Areal, comedian Dominic and Jennifer.

There are also songs from comedian Dominic and Meena, Elias and Dola, Dola and Jennifer.

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The issue of garbage is beautifully tackled by Dola and Jennifer in their duo. You also get to enjoy trios from comedian Dominic, Meena Goes and Joe de Areal and Dola, Elias and Jennifer.

The band, comprising Nolvert (trumpet), Minguel (saxophone), Lenoy Gomendes (keyboard), Jeffery (bass) and Xavier de Moira (drums) provided good, soothing music. 

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