In 2007 came the movie Jab We Met, which was a heart-warming story of two people who fall in love after many twists and turns. Jump to this year, in 2018 comes the play Jab We Separated, which shows two people falling out of love. Written and directed by Rakesh Bedi, the play explores the dynamics of nuclear families and marriages falling apart ending with divorce. The play was staged at Kamani Auditorium, Mandi House.

WHAT’S JAB WE SEPARATED ABOUT:

Priya Maheshwari (Shweta Tiwari) and Sanjay Sahani (Rahul Bhuchar) fall in love in a typical fashion. They saw each other at a function, fell in love and got married. The problem starts when it gets difficult for them to adjust with each other. The smallest inconveniences lead to major fights, which negatively affects their teenage daughter. Not being able to continue the charade, they file for a divorce. The play explores the structure of a nuclear family, commenting upon the independence that comes with financial security and no family pressure. The couple is not answerable to anyone except themselves. Another character, their neighbor Monti Mitha (Rakesh Bedi), portrays the loneliness experienced in old age. He looks for people to spend time with and often ends up irritating them with his hackneyed one-liners.

WHAT WORKS:

This play marks the comeback of the TV actress Shweta Tiwari to the stage. She portrays the character of a single mother with perfection and conviction. The wide array of emotions showcased on the stage keeps the audience spell-bound. Even the chemistry between Rahul Bhuchar and Shweta Tiwari was commendable. The stage setting was elaborate and accommodated many location changes, including an airport and an army barrack. The story is told with many flashbacks giving a credible backstory to their present predicament.

WHAT COULD’VE BEEN BETTER:

The story needs a bit of work as it soon becomes clear where the play is headed and doesn’t leave much suspense.

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH IT:

Jab We Separated is a realistic play. It will make you laugh and cry and make you feel tensed and relieved, all in two hours. With a very relatable story, the play is definitely an entertainer. It is a delight to watch Shweta Tiwari perform on stage. This subtle contemporary tragedy is sure to touch your heart. It’s a must-watch play.