Monday, 14 April 2014


By: Tejassvittaa Sahu
This is the age of digitalization. This age where each of us now is a digital island. And guess what. The youth is actually getting restless! Bored! Fed up :P Now come on. For how long will it be just I, me and my screen. People need to get together not robots .There are hardly few ways where we can actually come together and explore the human condition, the society. So yes people. Today we do carve some interpersonal contact. Some avenue through which we can get together, shout our lungs out against the ills of this world, condemn the unfairness of this society and get fired up to actually influence people to sit up and take notice- Folks be the change! Make the world a more humane place to live in!!

Now here in CET, we Cetards have this amazing platform to inflame our blood boiling alter ego! “THE AMUZA” ( Well frankly not only that, but also to partially fulfill our childhood dream of becoming the next Shah Rukh Khan or Kareena Kapoor  :D)  Our official Dramatics society has heavily advocated the culture of street theatre or, as popularly known “NUKKAD NATAK”.  And special thanks to some amazing fourth year seniors who started this club from scratch and turned it into this inspiring and exciting endeavor. Hats off to them for leaving us with this legacy. (Don’t worry bhaiyas and didis. You will be given more coverage in the farewell article!)

This article is a snippet on the inter college Nukkad Natak competition organized during XTASY-2K14. Several teams participated and amazingly from CET itself 3 different teams! #Ah! CET -finally-a-college# There was a team from KIIT as well. All the teams performed really well.Each shone spectacularly through the social messages they were trying to put across!!  The judges for the event were our very own Srimant sir, Swagat sir and Kanhu sir. And the crowd. It looked like as if the entire college had descended  :P Man what an incredible crowd! They clapped, hooted and cheered along with the teams :D
Even though it was a tough decision, but ultimately the CET Amuzian team were crowned the winners!! #Gleefully-dancing-because-i-too-was-a member :D #

“Agaaz-Badalte bharat ki awaaz” was the name of the winning team. They were simply street theatre at its best. Bared of any artifice, the acting moved the onlookers. There was thunder and lightning as they made everyone laugh and cry!  

Yeh tera mera nukkad, Yeh sham savera nukkad.
Yeh aao saare nukkad, re saare aao nukkad
Yeh geet sunaye nukkad, yeh path padhaye nukkad
Yeh soch tumhari nukkad, awaaz humaari nukkad
Aao re chora chori, aao re gora gori. Nukkad.
The call song reverberated throughout the area! It was magnificent.

Their theme “ Hataye ye Prathaye” centered around various social ills and taboos prevailing in the society today.

The first story was based on a tantrik tricking a blindly-trusting and gullible mother into marrying her unwed daughter to a peepal tree and then a “DOG” to accelerate her prospects of getting a husband! #Yes-unbelievable-but-people-still-do-that!# Ultimately the baba pronounces her as maanglik and gets her killed.  And the crowd not only felt the pain but somehow also loved the crazy antics of Niranjan baba and his followers!
Purvajo ki pratha aur rishi muniyon ke naam pe ho raha ye ghor anarth..
Chalo milke band kare ye sab, band kare ye sab.

The second story was a hilarious depiction of a housewife who puts her maidservant above everyone else in the house. Not even her “janoo” husband matches upto kamla bai :D  But her trust is seen to be misplaced as the maid and her boyfriend steal all the valuables from the house and run off!
Kauwe ne chali hans ki chaal, kamla la gayi saara maal, ab dhote raho bartan pure saal
Naukrani ko raani banaane ka yahi hain haal, yahi hain haal!!

The third story starts off with a sweet and shy couple humming to the love song, pyaar haua ikraar hua.. And then suddenly pulled away from each as their respective birdraaris find it inappropriapriate as they belong to the same “gotra” and hence, are brother and sister! The thundering ” Humaari biraadri mein jaan se zyaada izzat ki kimmat hove hain” literally shook the ground! Bought to trial in front of a khap panchayat, the helplessness of the two star-crossed lovers and ultimately the boy’s death leaves the crowd outraged.

The fourth story, a narration on the issue of aarakshan moved the audience as a young meritorious boy is unable to get into the college of his choice inspite of securing good marks due to reservation. Unable to bear the taunts of his peers and the condemnation by his father, he decides to commit suicide.

Fifth story ensued as follows:
Followers-“Chillum bhai, Chillum bhai. Zindabad, Zindabad”
Chillum bhai- “ kyat tum mujhe doge?”
Followers- try to correct him in haste. “Bhai yeh kya bol rahe ho aap!!??”
Chillum bhai- “Galti ho jaati hai. Hum aapki lene aaye hain..” 
Followers-Vote, Vote!!
Crowd- Kyat tum hume doge NOTE NOTE?
Chillum bhai- “Teen so pachaaaaas”
It’s election time people. And the above scene was just a small remainder of the unethical practices routinely followed by corrupt candidates to secure votes.
This was followed by a scene where two friends, Paro and Chandra excitedly make shopping plans for the forthcoming wedding of Paro. But the unfortunate girls are unaware of the impending loom to befall on them right then, as a group of men manhandle them and ultimately go on to rape Paro even as Chandra cries to let her friend go. The true disgrace of the situation is highlighted when the rapists gleefully claim that, “Aaj to lunch aur dinner karke jaayenge”..
As Paro goes to the police station to get her FIR written, she is uttery humiliated by the policemen. The constable asks her ,” Kya hua, kaise hua, kidhar hua aur kahan kahan hua?” . Not only that she is offensively booted out of the thana when they realize political heavyweight Chillum bhai is also one of the rapists!

Kehte ho ladki ko lakshmi ka avatar, phir kyun hota hain har roz kisi daamini ka balaatkar.
Sachaai bikti hain sadko pe, phir bhi hum kehte hain satyamev jayate.
The entire scene was so well crafted that the crowd cried out in support of Paro!! J

The final story was an emotional roller-coaster. A fitting end to this saga. A depiction of something as common as domestic violence but always skirted by Indians because it’s uncomfortable for us to acknowledge its presence. To talk about it and find solutions. To encourage the victims to stand up for themselves. But this Nukkad certainly didn’t fool around as they portrayed the raw victimization of the daughter in-law by her husband and mother-in-law. From being a submissive battered person to eventually a person who stood up to her abusers, she represented a true fighter.

Sahu nahin, sahu nahin, ab in aasuyon mein bahu nahin. Kahu yahi, kahu yahi taki jaane ye sansaar.
Ab in zanjeero ko tadungi mein, kyunki khushiyon par hain mera bhi adhikaar.
Durga mein shakti main, aaj karungi insaaf.
Tere har ansh ko karungi vidvansh, andhkaar hoga tera.
And with this Durga maa finally destroyed the evil husband.
The entire crowd clapped and hooted as good triumphed over evil!!! J J

With an ending song, the show of over 30 minutes finally got over and brought back an enthralled audience back to reality and maybe, just maybe encouraged them to question themselves, “Did I ever do anything to change this?”
Everybody absolutely loved it and so did we.

Some hilarious behind the scenes moments:

Tejassvittaa’s hindi actually sucks. A lot. So she successfully managed to mess up her lines in some really creative ways. Like changing the gender entirely :D
Her dialogue: “ Meri beti ka shaadi ka umar kab ka jaa chuki hain, lekin abhi bhi uske haath kore hain”
Original dialogue: “Meri beti ki shaadi ki umar kab ki jaa chuki hain, lekin abhi bhi uske haath kore hain”
Another instance which just proved how sleepy Bhavna was!
Original sequence:
Biswa bhaiya: “Alakkkk Niraaaanjaan” *scarily*
Teji: “Babaaaa meri beti ki shaadi ho hi nahi rahi hai. Ab aap hi kuch upaya dijiye”
Bhavna: “Seriously? Till now?”
Bhavna’s sleepy sequence :P :
Biswa bhaiya: “Alakkkk Niraaaanjaan” *scarily*
Bhavna:” Seriously? Till now?”
Teji: “Babaaaa meri beti ki shaadi ho hi nahi rahi hai. Ab aap hi kuch upaya dijiye”
Poor baba. His follower sold him out :D :D

 Devasmita seemed pretty confused between sasural and sasuma :P
Anish: “Yeh kya din raat kamla, kamla laga rakha hain tumne?”
Devasmita: “Kamla chali gayi to bartan kya teri sasural dhoyegi?”   #ROFL-moment#

Allen bhaiya:” mari chore aur tare chori ne humari gaon ki band baja di.. Sorry sorry humari gaon ki naak kata di”
LOL. Gaon ka pata nahin unke grammar and gender sense ne band baja di!
Nutan bhaiya: O tau to bata kya kiya jaye.
Sachin bhaiya: “Mari biraadri mein jaan se zyaada kimat izzat ki hove hain. Izzat ki hove hain.. izzat ki hove hain..”  *And confidently saunters around forgetting his next dialogue which happened pretty much throughout the practice even till the last minute*

Abhijeet proved to be a true CETIAN.
Original dialogue: Maine kya kya sapne nahin dekhe the. Ki mera beta entrance pariksha mein awwal aayega aur IIT mein padhega.
Abhijeet’s improvised dialogue: Maine kya kya sapne nahin dekhe the. Ki mera beta entrance pariksha mein awwal aayega aur CET mein padhega.

And this dialogue retained even in the final performance! :D

Hilarity ensued when we had to figure out how to depict the rape scene without being too crude. It was decided that the dupatta of Subhashree (the girl supposedly getting raped) would be thrown up as a sign of the act of rape. But during the final performance, Subhashree who had tied her chunni in a knot couldn’t untie it! In desperation the rapist, Sachin bhaiya himself threw up his own chunni to save the act :P

This scene of domestic violence was the least practiced scene till the day before the competition. So during the 11th hour, this scene was practiced soo many times that everyone got fed up watching it again and again.The dialogue of Manisha, the bahu where she stands up for herself and finally says, “Bas ab aur nahin” had the entire team crowing with her in exasperation, BAS AB AUR NAHIN.

Each moment spent with the team practicing and improvising were invaluable. The memories will be treasured long even after each one of us leaves the college behind!
Our directors and scriptwriters

IT Nukkad :D

                                                  We love posing with Chillum Bhai

Posing a minute before the competition! :P

UDATI TARANGEY-Our official symbol for Nukkad Natak

2nd year Nukkad girls

Victory in our attitude.

Special thanks to all the fourth years Debshraddha didi for bringing energy and vibrance to the team, Fatma didi for scripting all the scenes, Nutan bhaiya for taking the responsibility of directing each and every second of the nukkad, Sachin bhaiya for motivating and inspiring us to improve at every stage, Vamsi bhaiya for consolidating and guiding us every time (And let’s not forget his indispensable role as our drummer!), Allen bhaiya for being our friend, guide and relentlessly helping us and Biswa bhaiya for being an amazing senior and making us laugh with his antics! Their presence was so assuring and comforting that they will be sorely missed by the rest of the team.

1 comment:

  1. Truly the most awesome coverage i have ever read , feels even great when i am a proud member of the great team "Udati Tarangey " , congrats PENTASTICS , you people are true rock-stars !!