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It’s raining applauses for Kasturba & AkupaAr

DNAHM70672 | 3/4/2014 | Author : Kinjal Shah Desai | WC :421

Plays ‘Kasturba’ and ‘Akupaar’ bag five Transmedia awards as they perform at Mahuva for Morari Bapu

For the entire team of two plays, ‘Kasturba’ and ‘Akupaar’, it was a moment of pride and joy when they heard that the plays had bagged Transmedia awards for the year 2013. “It was a unique feeling watching both my plays being recognised,” said director Aditi Desai over a telephonic interview to dna after hrs.
She continued, “The plays were nominated in a total of 13 categories, of which they bagged awards in five. The recognition that we got through this award ceremony, that has commenced just this year, is an important milestone for us.” However, amid her joy Desai could not hide her displeasure.
She was hoping for actor Kalpana Gagdekar (protagonist of ‘Kasturba’) to bag the best female actor award. “I was so sure she would win as she had done an amazing job in both the plays – with lot of dedication and time. But it was quite saddening when it did not happen. Even ‘Harilal’ in ‘Kasturba’ play acted by Hemang Dave and ‘Rava Aka’ in ‘Akupaar’ presented by Mayur Chauhan did not get the supporting actor awards, which again was a disappointment. I was surprised by the call. But overall, the team is very happy and elated about the win,” said Desai.
She was overwhelmed when she got to know that 86-year-old Narayan Desai bagged the best writer award for ‘Kasturba’. According to Desai, it was indeed a great achievement for him as he had written a play for the first time in his life and bagged the award at this age. Desai herself walked away with the best director award while Abhinay Banker got the best actor (‘Gandhi’) award for ‘Kasturba’. ‘Akupaar’ was declared the best play for the year 2013, and Raksha Naik ‘Aaima’ bagged the best supporting actor – female award for the same play.
Interestingly, Desai got to know of the award while her team was performing ‘Akupaar’ in Mahuva in front of Morari Bapu. “On watching our play he wondered, ‘Abhinay hatu ke anubhuti hati (Was it acting or was I really feeling your presentation on stage)’. This in itself is a great award for us,” said Desai.
Actors Naik and Banker still can’t believe the latest development in their lives. While Naik cannot get out of her ‘Aaima’ character in ‘Akupaar’ even now and can deliver her dialogues in the middle of the night; Banker had initially refused to take up the role of ‘Gandhi’. It was Desai’s persistence and a reading session that motivated him to take it up.

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