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Event: A Mother’s A Mother | 19 June 2016
Recommended by: Team Evenato
Jun 19, 2016 Time: 7:00 pm
Sunday, 19 June 2016 , 7:00PM
Akshara Theatre , Delhi
Harfkaar Foundations presents famous the Italian play ‘Filumena Marturano’ or ‘A Mother’s a Mother’ by Eduardo Filippo. The play opens with a former prostitute whose 25 years of unsanctified companionship to a wealthy Don has been repaid with betrayal – he is taken up with a younger woman. As the play opens, she is exulting an over triumphant bit of deception. Believing her to be on her deathbed, the Don had taken pity on her and married her, only to watch her make a sudden stunning recovery. Pressing her advantage, she reveals that it is not just for her sake that she wanted Don’s name, but for that of her three grown-up sons. She had secretly paid for their upbringing with spoils stolen from the fringes of the Don’s carefree lifestyle and now wants to offer them a mother’s love and the Don’s good name. Further, she also reveals that one of them is Don’s son. The Don tries to get rid of her and her overreaching wishes, realizing in the process that he actually loves her and finally marries her – also accepting her three sons.
The adaptation of this play is a contemporary take in an urban Indian setting on the original Italian play. The protagonist is a woman, Marina, brought up in much hardship in Naples Italy; (Naples, a town in Italy tottering on the brink of poverty and destitution). In the hot, humid and bleak environment, where a teeming population plagued with destitution haven’t seen a life without hardships. Where a day without a care is as rare as rain in the hot summer months. A place where it is not uncommon for a tender young girl to be sent into prostitution by her own family. In the process, she finds her way to India with the boom in demand for foreign girls in the Indian flesh market. She meets a local real estate Don who runs a chain of bars and pubs in Gurgaon – Surender Singh Chaudhary. Chaudhary keeps her as his mistress but continues to have relations with lots of other women as well. It has been a good twenty five now that Marina and Chaudhary have been living together. The play opens with Marina setting up an elaborate charade of being on her deathbed and tricking Chaudhary into marrying her at this late stage in life. As it turns out it is not for her own sake but for the sake of her three sons whom she has brought up in secret. The play explores relationships through an unconventional lens and discovers the affection of a helpless but strong-willed mother.