Response to Dharmendra Gohil
by Deepa Punjani on Jan 8 2016 2:46PM (IST)
I read your feedback to my review. Since you have raised a question about my knowledge of Gujarati, let me first answer that. I do understand Gujarati well. Quite well in fact.
In your play, I understood the Gujarati used perfectly well, even the dialect used by Bhamini Gandhi.
It is laughable that you have made an assumption about me not being in touch with what you call Gujarati roots and Gujarati theatre, because I have made observations that are perceived negatively by you, whereas you should be well-aware that I have been reviewing Gujarati theatre for a long time, or at least you would admit since Manoj bhai's production MAREEZ in which you played the title role, and which I appreciated and noted in my review of the play. The review is available on this very website : http://www.mumbaitheatreguide.com/dramas/reviews/mareez.asp
Did you not think then that I was not in touch with Gujarati theatre or my "roots" or raise any doubts about my knowledge of Gujarati?
And, guess what- indeed my mother tongue is not Gujarati, as is not Marathi, or Hindi, or English which I understand well too!
I never thought lack of a "mother tongue" would prevent me from partaking of any theatre experience in any form or in any language. I have had the privilege of watching various kinds of theatre performances in several languages at home and abroad. I have written about them too.
Clearly, Mr Gohil, you have no idea of our profession and the dynamics we work with.
You can disagree with my review but it is not professional on your part to get personal.
We do our job like you do yours. They don't have to be compatible with each other.
Deepa Punjani, Editor, Mumbai Theatre Guide.
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