‘Anima’ depicts transsexual’s struggles

Nagpur: Two-act play ‘Anima’ revealed the struggles a transsexual person and his family members face, in the ongoing 58th Maharashtra State Amateur Marathi Drama Competition organized by the Maharashtra directorate of cultural affair at Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Hall, Civil Lines, on Tuesday.
Written by Sanjeev Shende, produced by Anita Bhakre and directed by Sanjay Bhakre, the play was presented by Sanjay Bhakre Foundation.

The play circles around Adhyayan (Pratik Gan) and his wife Diya (Rakhi Vaidya). Adhyayan is a robotics engineer and Diya is a policy consultant. When the couple finds that the wife is pregnant, their happiness knows no bounds. They share this news with Adhyayan’s elder brother, featuring Bhakre.

Diya gifts her husband a baby doll in order to emulate the relationship that will flourish nine months later. Adhyayan starts to nurture the doll as if it is their real baby. This re-acquaints him to his feminine side as he transcends the personal psyche. Adhyayan’s elder brother reveals to Diya about the prevalence of his behaviour since childhood and that it is a personality disorder.

The second act of the play shows Adhyayan’s decision to undergo a sex change operation and Diya’s subsequent resentment, fearing social constructs and conformity. The play ends with Adhyayan leaving the house as no one understands or accepts him and his struggles with sexuality.

The music was given by Keyur Bhakre and Sanket Mahajan. Ramji Shriwas and Satish Kalbande handled the costumes and make-up. Rushabh Dhapodkar looked after lighting arrangements.

The actors stupefied the audience with their realistic and highly effective acting. The story was hard-hitting and overwhelming. The play had an impact and the artistes expressed themselves.

(Reporting by Manshika Vaikkath)

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