Here Come The Vaginas That Talk To You In Hindi – Kissa Yoni Ka
When I told a friend that I was going to watch The Vagina Monologues in Hindi, she looked at me and laughed. It’s not that the play would sound bad in Hindi, it’s just that I would not understand anything considering “my” Hindi is not that good. But nothing to worry. Kissa Yoni Ka, directed by Kaizaad Kotwal and Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal, translated by Ritu Bhatia and Jaideep Sarcar was not that difficult to understand.
At first, I thought I made a mistake after watching the monologue Meri Short Skirt performed by Rasika Duggal. The act was honestly a little over done. But gradually I got engrossed in the play as Varshaa Agnihotri and Dilnaz Irani took over. Sad to say, Mahabanoo was not as impressive as she is in the English version of the play. Nevertheless, she did justice to the monologue of the Parsi woman called Baadh.
Kyunki Voh Dekhna Chahta Tha and Jisse Doosron Ko Khush Karna Accha Lagta Tha were done by Rasika, and believe me, she was extraordinary in every way. She left the audience laughing till their stomachs began to ache. Dilnaz was no less. Her performance Nanhi Kali Soneye Chali (you need to watch the play to make sense of all these titles :P) left me thinking even after I’d left The Comedy Store. Yoni Ki Pathshala, played by Dilnaz and Varshaa is another eye opener. You really need to watch these women perform to understand every bit of this play. Baal and Main Thi Wahan performed by Varshaa is sure to leave you with mixed emotions even as it passes a very important piece of information.
If you’d ask me what the difference was between the The Vagina Monologues and Kissa Yoni Ka, it’s much more than just the language. Kissa Yoni Ka is more expressive. The music between each monologue is so apt unlike The Vagina Monologues. The bit where the cast and the audience reclaim the bad words attributed to the vagina is more lively in Kissa Yoni Ka as Dilnaz, Rasika and Varshaa sing and dance to communicate the same.
It’s obvious that some Hindi words were difficult to understand, but the actors make it a point to translate the word in order to make the monologues more meaningful. There is no doubt about the passion and enthusiasm the cast delivers. You just need to sit in your seat (with your drink, perhaps) and enjoy the play without bothering about a thing. You simply feel great once the play comes to an end. And most of the times, I do feel like asking for more. When it’s good, we want more. Do you have different views?
Cast: Rasika Duggal, Dilnaz Irani, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal and Varshaa Agnihotri.
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