By Kusum Gokarn
Between The Lines Cineplay at Gyaan Adab is a deeply absorbing, mentally provoking drama. The excellent script by Nandita Das and Divya Jagdale and clear diction and controlled emotional acting by Nandita Das and Subodh Maskara grips the viewer’s attention throughout the drama. Crisp pertinent repartees between the lawyer couple turn into a battle of wits which is emphasised by the chess game that they play now and then. The drama also pin points the difference between the male-female psyches, the male intellectual egoistic stance pitted against the female emotional turmoil. Though the entire drama, well directed by Ritesh Menon, is enacted in the enclosure of the couple’s home with just a few scenes suggesting a court room trial, the viewer’s interest does not flag due to the scintillating dialogues that slowly unravel the growing tense distancing between the couple’s relationship.
Their game of one-upmanship reminded me of the film Abhiman (Amitabh Bacchhan and Jaya Bhaduri) and Vijay Tendulkar’s Marathi/Hindi drama Kamala. But this drama ends on a happy note of “All’s well that ends well” but leaves much unsaid “Between the Lines”!