Sakharam Binder Retold
Writer :  Vijay Tendulkar
Director :  Chandan Sanyal
Cast :  Chandan roysanyal, poonam khandare, aarti, aney, aman, uppal, saurin desai

Chandan Sanyal has to say the following about Sarojini Verma's adaptation of Vijay Tendulkar’s classic-SAKHARAM BINDER:

I’m not afraid of anything in this world
There’s nothing you can throw at me that I haven’t already heard
I’m just trying to find a decent melody
A song that I can sing in my own company

- Bono, U2

"I have studied and analyzed many stories & plays in the course of my theatrical journey but none had impacted me as much as Albert Camus’, ‘The Outsider’. The protagonist of the story affected me immensely because his way of thinking and acting was never in tune with the ways of our society and which ultimately led to him being hung.

It took an equally powerful story to set me thinking; Mr. Vijay Tendulkar’s ‘Sakharam Binder’ ignited the same powerful feelings and emotions. I began to think and question myself, can a man, who never lies, who never deceives, who never commits a fraud, be wrong? And that too because his actions are contrary to the norms of society?

Sakharam does not believe in any customs or traditions but expects those destitute women that he brings home to perform all the duties of a wife. He makes and follows his own rules. But a woman enters his life and his character changes and for the first time he is weaker than a woman. She puts aside all his laws & rules. Soon there is a conflict between his old & new personality and in trying to maintain the previous status quo he ends up losing everything.

Although the basic plot of the play is based in a Maharashtrian society, I have set the play in Bengal. The play is an experiment based on Mr. Tendulkar’s classic play and I have tried to portray a man’s struggle against society in a surreal way.

The music of the play is non-linear with different artists and different genres but the tracks still sound like that belonging to a single entity and flow with Sakharam, sometimes for him, sometimes against him. The sets too are experimental and induce a sense of claustrophobia, symbolic of the feeling the society evokes in most of us".

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