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A WALK IN THE WOODS
Writer :  Lee Blessing
Director :  Ratna Pathak Shah
Cast :  Rajit Kapoor and Naseeruddin Shah

A WALK IN THE WOODS


By MTG editorial

Two diplomats, in the middle of peace talks, take a private walk in the woods trying to achieve a breakthrough in the muddled negotiations between their two countries. Will their attempt succeed where official channels have failed? What role do individuals play in the larger games that governments set in motion? Do we have a say in securing our future and that of a world armed with nuclear weapons? And what of the longing of people on both sides to make contact with each other?

A WALK IN THE WOODS


The play's premise springs from recent history - in 1982, towards the end of the Cold War, the negotiators Paul H. Nitze (from the USA) and Yuli A. Kvitsinsky (from USSR) left their official Geneva sessions for an unofficial ''walk in the woods'' and achieved a breakthrough, soon rejected by their Governments. Lee Blessings' play uses that event to create a fictional situation of a special kind of meeting, uniquely pressured and bound by geography, history and professional etiquette.

The parallels in the sub-continent are immediately compelling. As it happens, the relationship between India and Pakistan continues to swing between hope and despair while people in both countries find varied ways to connect with each other. The Indian adaptation has been done by Faisal Rashid and Randeep Hooda.


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