Hypokrit presents a pair of reimagined Indian classics: ancient love story 'Devdas,' and 'Chokher Bali,' an examination of the lives of widows in 20th-century Calcutta. More…
Reset in India’s hyper-competitive and hyper-masculine reality dance competition scene, 'Devdas' features two female rivals who covet both the main prize and the same man. Usually told from the man's point of view, this version unfolds through the women's eyes in a ballet set in modern India.
'Chokher Bali' is about a widow named Binodini who finds herself entangled in a forbidden love triangle. Adapted by Dr. Partha Chatterjee from Rabindranath Tagore’s novel, this story about female desire in the domestic sphere is adapted as a Greek tragedy set in the modern world.
"A creative weaving of a traditional story with modern music that truly succeeds in showing that tradition does not have an expiration date. 'Choker Bali' takes on the daring task of bringing traditional Indian customs together with modern culture and female sexuality, through the medium of Greek tragedy...Each character gets a spectacular solo moment of vulnerability that shows the deep pain common to all members of this love triangle, giving new life to this popular story line." Full Review
"'Devdas' tells a story of heartbreak and triumph through the medium of contemporary ballet while celebrating Indian culture...Though the ensemble pieces are mesmerizing, Badghi and Madiraju’s chemistry shines through it all...'Devdas' does an excellent job of blending classic tradition with a familiar reality-show format, which not only gives the female characters a larger role in the story, but also succeeds in keeping modern audiences invested." Full Review
"'Devdas': The director, Arpita Mukherjee, did a nice job telling the story...The choreographer, Swarali Karulkar, undoubtedly has a vast knowledge of dance, but the dancers were not as skilled in making her movements come to life...'Chokher Bali': There were too many actors with nothing to do on stage...There was not enough weight given to any choice made by the actors, nothing surprised their character." Full Review
See it if You love traditional Indian dance but don't mind a modern twist. Love seeing amazing dance talent.
Don't see it if You don't like your classics messed with. You're annoyed by "getting the man in the end cures everything" endings
See it if You're interesting in seeing some interesting lifts, bollywood music, a unique spin on the traditional love-triangle of Devdas-Paro-Chanda
Don't see it if You expect broadway-esque theater. It's not quite there yet, but there's potential for growth.
See it if you have never seen Indian dance. Both companies have talented performers.
Don't see it if you need to understand what is happening as opposed to enjoying the performance. They assume audiences know the stories they are presenting.
See it if You want to see a reimagining of two classic Indian tales. I didn't know the stories, so found them hard to follow.
Don't see it if You want a clear, concise story line. The actors' hard work was evident, but it was confusing.
See it if these are 2 separate shows. Devdas - great dancing, confusing & mostly unnecessary plot. Choker Bali - some decent live music, bad writing
Don't see it if you want great writing, acting (fairly uneven) or expect the plots to make much sense. Devdas has great dancing that may be worth seeing
See it if You can lay aside any expectations of a polished show and appreciate some few impressive moments of dance among a lot of filler.
Don't see it if You want a coherent plot, dialogue.
See it if you enjoy dance you'll like Devdas. Too bad they are paired - by itself it deserves a higher score
Don't see it if If you want to see the worst of Bollywood with such bad casting that two performers take down the whole experience.
See it if You know someone in the cast. It was presumed that I did (otherwise why would I have been there?). Good concept, poor execution.
Don't see it if You like top drawer Indian dance, classical or contemporary. The city is full of extraordinary performances, many highly recommended.
See it if you have a strong connection to Indian cultures and want to see family dynamics played out. Good concept but poor execution.
Don't see it if you expect professional actors, singers, dancers, staging, character development.
See it if You like dance just for some light entertainment. You don't mind that the play just doesn't go anyway and leaves you absolutely confused.
Don't see it if you don't want to be misled with titles like the much loved Chokher Bali and 'Devdas' No connection. I left absolutely confused.
See it if A few decent moments between actors saves the show. Great music. (Only got to see Chokher Bali, can't speak for Devdas)
Don't see it if As a director you can't stand inexperienced almost overindulgent direction.
See it if if you have relatives performing in the show and you can't come up with an excuse not to go watch them.
Don't see it if you don't like an agonizingly long (at 80 minutes for Devdas!), amateurish and very poorly executed dance performance. Simply awful.
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