Her thoughts are powerful. Her medium even more so. When she sets a script to stage, just like she’s doing with her upcoming play Vidambana, Gouri Nilakantan’s determination to express it explicitly takes precedence over all other thoughts that knock the doors of her restless mind. She must be impactful, and more often than not, she is.
An adaptation of playwright Nag Bodas’ Kriti Vikriti, the play is set in corporate Gurgaon. “It depicts the dynamics between a husband and a wife when either of them become extremely aspirational or competitive, and the surrounding dilemmas they face. It’s a story built around questions of who makes the most sacrifice, the maximum adjustments, and who survives in it all,” says Nilakantan.
It’s important that the play does well, but what’s been a bonus for the director is the self-satisfaction she felt after the completion of the work. “As an individual, I find that I’ve grown with the script,” she says, adding, “I see myself as a theatre person who is also a social commentator, desiring for a little change in patterns of thinking. My growth has been an internal journey through the putting together of this story, most of which is at a metaphysical level, and it continues to help me live and thrive.”
December 26 at 5 pm and 7.30 pm, at Epicentre, Gurgaon. Tickets are available at bookmyshow.com, and at the box office.