‘Red Corridor’: gripping play, but a shade too loud

July 17th, 2008 - 12:19 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Four aspiring actors from small towns in India - among them a Maoist on the run - make an interesting mix of characters in a melting pot like Mumbai. But what happens when they come together under one roof? They create a “Red Corridor” - a hard road fraught with aspirations, struggles, the knocks of life and violent climaxes.

“The Red Corridor”, a play staged at the LTG auditorium in the Mandi House area, probed the angst and euphoria of these diverse characters from small towns who are in the financial and entertainment capital of the country and are bound by a common thread: to make it big on the dream screen.

The play, originally a 15-minute interlude script written by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap as an “outside Prithvi theatre performance” for young actors desperate to show off their talent and get noticed by directors of repute, was expanded into a full-length 60-minute play by Sunit Sinha of the Delhi-based theatre troupe, Actor Factor.

The play is in the genre of reality theatre, which is making a comeback on the Indian stage after a brief lull.

The plot is riveting like a “masala” movie. It makes up for a few shortcomings like a tendency to indulge in melodrama and clich

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