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Let the act speak

Neha Alawadhi



A still from the film “Eashwar Mime Co.”.

NEW DELHI: A film based on the award-winning short story “Mukhabhinaya” by Bengali writer Dibyendu Palit and directed by the late director Shyamanand Jalan will be screened by charitable trust Padatik here in Delhi on August 2.

The film, “Eashwar Mime Co.”, a joint effort of the National Film Development Corporation of India Limited and Xanthus Productions, explores the theme of exploitation. A group of mime artistes suffer silently until they rise in revolt against their troupe leader.

The production was preceded by a month-long workshop organised by Mr. Jalan to train the actors to convincingly portray mime players who are not supposed to speak on stage.

National Award-winning actor Ashish Vidyarthi plays the role of Eashwar, the abusive master of the mime company. Actor Pawan Malhotra portrays the role of Chitrarth, who represents the middle-class intelligentsia who feel deeply, write extensively but do nothing.

Jalan felt the mime artistes in the film represent the “quiet dignity of our poor” and “how they suffer poverty in silence”.

According to Malhotra, the most difficult thing about the film was that it combined a variety of performing arts – dance, mime and theatre. Vidyarthi says the theatre background of most actors helped the way theatre is approached in the film.

The film, scripted by Vijay Tendulkar, has background score by Suman Chattopadhyay. Govindan Kutty trained mime players for the movie and Rameshwar Broota transformed their faces with his brush strokes.

The film will be screened at India Habitat Centre as a dedication to the late director.

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