Devdas and Chokher Bali
Devdas and Chokher Bali

Devdas and Chokher Bali NYC Reviews and Tickets

(18 Ratings)
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Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow, Ambitious

About the Show

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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (18)

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60 Reviews | 9 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Riveting, Romantic, Masterful

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

754 Reviews | 128 Followers
Ambitious, Great dancing, Slow, Entertaining, Confusing

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.

54 Reviews | 36 Followers
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great dancing

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.

186 Reviews | 37 Followers
Confusing, Great dancing, Quirky

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

119 Reviews | 16 Followers
Slow, Edgy, Epic, Confusing, Overrated

See it if You like Indian plays that are not fast paced. You are into dancing and like such interactions.

Don't see it if You don't like slower plays with dancing and stereotypes

148 Reviews | 36 Followers
Great dancing devdos, much to be desired in chokher

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.

243 Reviews | 67 Followers
Disappointing, Clever, Indulgent

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. Read more

216 Reviews | 58 Followers
Disappointing, Good concept

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. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

Theatre is Easy
November 23rd, 2016

"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."
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Theatre is Easy
November 22nd, 2016

"'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."
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Theater In The Now
November 13th, 2016

"'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."
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