is based on the Sahitya Akademi award-winning author, Ashokamitran's short
story "Ending of the Play". Anita Ratnam and Dhritaman Chatterjee play
the lead roles in this absorbing drama directed by Chetan Shah and Dhanushkodi.
Filmed in English and Hindi, it was presented by the British Council and
Madras Players (Theatre Club) in Feb.1999 at the British Council Division
as well as at several other venues.
The TV adaptation
however goes beyond the framework of a playwright's infatuation with the
heroine he has created and her devotion to her lover who is destined to
die in the play.
of setting classic myths and legends to a modern context has roused popular
interest not only because of the innate fascination with the story but
also due to the scope for debate on its thematic relevance. The story of
Satyavan and Savitri grips the mind with the insidious stereotyping of
its heroine and its appallingly tame climax. On one level the film is a
retelling of that story in which Maya plays the role model for today's
women - strong, intelligent, comfortable with her feminity but not bound
by it; and in which the confrontation between her and the Yama character
builds to a dramatic denouement.
dancer-choreographer, very conscious about Euro-centric influences in all
forms of our life, I am actively trying to create an Asian aesthetic in
contemporary performance practice, in my own work and in my philosophy
leads inexorably to a clash of ideas - abstract philosophical ideas. Thus
on another level the film throws up a debate which repudiates folk psychology
- our conventional and intuitive way of understanding the human mind.
on his choices, Chetan Shah, Director, said "Anita was the perfect
choice as she is a sort of role model for the modern woman of today. Her
acting talent, strong personality and training in dance, were all ideally
suited too for the role."