Katkon Trikon, translating to ‘Right-angled Triangle’ in English, and for a play’s name suggests no clue as such to what it’s really going to offer to its audience. Written by Vivek Bele and directed by Girish Joshi, Katkon Trikon takes the issue of generation gap and presents it to you in an astonishingly new way. Right from the first curtain raise, the story introduces the characters one by one as – Aaba Gokhale (played by Mohan Agashe), a typical father-in-law to Bhakti (played by Ketaki Thatte), a mathematics professor – both make the lawyer son and husband Rahul (played by Sandesh Kulkarni) a constant victim of their daily arguments on different family issues. Words are exchanged, parallels are drawn, the topic is deviated many a times, but the fights/verbal exchanges continue on a regular basis.
The story of every middle class household- questions that range from having maid-cooked food or not to paying for the extra air-conditioner on EMI, the story shows you the same scene an average Indian male sees in his modest abode everyday. The conflict between the three characters leads to an emotional tug of war and at the end of it we have Aaba falling from the fourth floor balcony of his own house. How did that happen? Is it a attempt for suicide, a murder or just an accident? Here comes, Dr. Agashe playing a double role as Bapat, the Crime Branch investigation officer who is in charge of this case, and who happens to culminate this story to it’s worthwhile end.
Though at first you feel that the first half is a bit drag and too much time has been wasted on developing the story, it’s what lies after the break that envelops everything into an interesting package. The best part of the play isn’t just the strong performance by Dr. Agashe, but the beautifully penned dialogues by Dr. Vivek Bele. They get to your nerve from time to time and keep you hooked through the entire show. The second half is so rapid in pace, it startles you every now and then. And the majority of the audience that comprised mostly of senior citizens looked touched by the way it ends. Mohan Agashe’s “Tumhi tyana shevatchyanda kadhi sparsha kela hota?” brought tears to many wrinkled eyes.
We do believe there could have been more to the story had they justified the way the young felt about the entire scenario. There’a much more to the Young Generation and Generation Plus, but may be we need a different play to share their side of the story.