One on One (2010)

One On One is a unique theatrical evening, bringing together Bombay’s finest actors, written by some of India’s most talented playwrights and directed by some of our best known directors. These monologues and dualogues in English and Hindi address subjects as varied as the legalization of homosexuality, inedible airline food, the politics of road naming ceremonies, the joke of Ajmal Kasab’s trial and the experience of living in a big city… stories of modern India that amuse, annoy and concern us all.

One On One opened at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Bombay in January 2010 and has since completed over a 100 shows all over India and in Oman and the UAE.

The Monologues

AABODANA – Two people struggle to keep the balance between finding love and losing themselves in the chaos that is life in a big city.

BASH – A young Pune couple narrate a party story that starts out fun but takes a bizarre, quite violent twist.

CREADO, CONSTANCE – A middle aged widow finds new salvation in the eyes of a blind young man.

DEAR RICHARD – An angry, exhausted airline traveler writes an open letter to the owner of Virgin Atlantic on the state of inedible airline food.

HELLO CHECK – A flighty glamourous wannabe Oshiwara housewife, gushes to the media about her many social and socialite achievements.

INSTANT BEHOSH – A Pakistani terrorist holed up in a Dongri hotel, tells us why he hates his compatriot Ajmal Kasab and is convinced he will be on the next season of Big Boss.

KACHRE KI HIFAZAT – The pathetic humourous woes of the bodyguard of a chief minister, who dies “mysteriously”.

KEEDA SAALA – A “junior artist’ in Hindi films talks about growing up in Bombay’s notorious Dongri.

LOAD SHEDDING – A hilarious yet scathing satire, where a Worli lamppost dramatizes from his lofty perch, the goings on of various political parties in the name of city betterment.

Reviews

“The play pools together some extremely well-written, neatly directed and skilfully enacted monologues. It is one of those rare texts that will have you thinking and guffawing at the same time.” – www.wherecity.com

“With the right amount of humour, sarcasm, grievance, rage and hope, it was an exceptional creation where each individual play did justice to the previous one or the one following it.” – Citizen Review, The Hindu

  • Directed by: Akarsh Khurana, Arghya Lahiri, Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Nadir Khan, Rahul da Cunha, Rajit Kapur
  • The Writers: Ashok Mishra, Farhad Sorabjee, Oliver Beale, Purva Naresh, Rahul da Cunha
  • The Cast: Amit Mistry, Anand Tiwari, Anu Menon, Neil Bhoopalam, Preetika Chawla, Rajit Kapur, Shernaz Patel, Zafar Karachiwala
  • Light Design: Pushan Kripalani & Arghya Lahiri
  • Set Design: Dhanendra Kawade
  • Costumes: Lovleen Bains
  • Photography: Kunaal Roy Kapoor
  • Costumes & Accessories: Shoppers Stop
  • Footwear Courtesy: Joy Shoes
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