Much has been said about saas-bahu dramas, but rarely have we got a window into the dynamics between a father-in-law and son-in-law. Jana Tha Roshanpura does just that. Virendra Saxena, Ravi Mahashabde and Samta Sagar star in this Hindi play about love, loss and longing. A father mourning his daughter’s death, a husband grieving the loss of his wife, and both longing for the way things were.
Ishwar Prasad (Saxena) has to live with his son-in-law Chandan (Mahashabde) for a year. All because of his daughter Panja’s (Sagar) dying wish. The two men are poles apart: Ishwar is a cranky, retired IAS officer, while Chandan is a painter. They dislike each other and would love nothing more than to live separately. But Ishwar and Chandan love Panja and are willing to go the extra mile to fulfill her request.
The year-long stay isn’t easy on either man though. They constantly bicker, play mean pranks on each other and even draw a line through the room to enforce boundaries! However, as the year draws to a close, the dynamics start changing. Both men begin contemplating the separation and inevitable loneliness that will follow. Ishwar finally admits the real reason for his hatred for Chandan, while the youngster shares a message that Panja had written for her father. Is this emotional state a temporary affair or will the two men actually become companions? This evolving relationship and how they deal with their loss is what Jana Tha Roshanpura is all about.
The play deserves a watch for the superlative acting. Saxena and Mahashabde complement each other and it’s like watching a close match between the two actors. You feel for Chandan when he’s going nuts over Ishwar’s stubbornness and you grieve with the father who misses his daughter. Jana Tha Roshanpura also boasts of a well-written script that has plenty of heartwarming moments. All in all, it’s a good play to watch with your family, especially on Father’s Day.