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Devdas and Chokher Bali

From 3 critic and 18 member reviews
Members say: 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. 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.

Theatre is Easy

"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

Theatre is Easy

"'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

Theater In The Now

"'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

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

Romantic, Enchanting, Delightful, Epic

See it if You enjoy Hindu classics, so you think you can dance, or love steamy soap operas.

Don't see it if You are looking for something kid friendly, don't enjoy dance or classic theatre.

Cliched, Slow, Confusing, Ambitious, Has potential

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.

Also (I was only able to stay for Devdas today, so I'm speaking only for th... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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

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

Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you have a beyond huge interest in dance

Don't see it if you would like to see something with a cohesive story

Confusing, Disappointing, Ambitious, Indulgent

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.

Also Devdas, at its core, ran on for way too long (90 minutes!) with repeti... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Excruciating, Fluffy, Indulgent

See it if you want to see old Indian stories attempted to be modernized

Don't see it if you want straight forward story line and good acting

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.

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.

Also After 80 grueling minutes of Devdas, and a long day, I just couldn't m... Read more Read less

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.

Also There are actually two shows - Devras is music and dance without any d... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Banal

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.

Also I came with great expectations. Left after Devdas, disappointed. Shiva... Read more Read less

Fluffy, Indulgent, Cliched, Slow, Confusing

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.

Also Potentially good actors speaks more about the missed opportunity to re... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Disappointing, Indulgent

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.

Also I wish I had better things to say: the performers seemed like lovely y... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if For some awesome dance performances

Don't see it if You are not ready to appreciate changes to traditional Devdas story ( I only saw Devdas)

Edgy, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like supporting up-and-coming artists and seeing new work.

Don't see it if You require conventional staging and straightforward Western-style exposition.

Also I can both enjoy the ambition of both productions while also acknowled... Read more Read less