The Verdict, English Play

The Verdict, English Play at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road

Duration: 110 mins with interval

Entry: Tickets Required, Tickets priced at ₹200 onwards, Available at:
Online: BookMyShow
Offline: at the Programme Desk, IHC before the show if not sold out
Note - For 16 years old and above.

Venue: The Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003, India
Parking: Gate No. 1, 2 & 3 (Cars), Gate No. 2 (Bikes & Bicycles)
Venue Info: Events | About | Map | Nearest Metro Stations:
'Jor Bagh(Yellow Line)Exit Gate-1' - Walk Direction
'Khan Market(Violet Line)'
Area: Lodhi Road Area Events

Event Description: 
The Verdict, English Play

Premiered at the Prithvi Theatre Festival in Mumbai. Based on Barry Reed’s novel, ‘The Verdict’, it was turned into a film by Sidney Lumet, starring Paul Newman, James Mason and Charlotte Rampling, which bagged five Academy Awards.  Akarsh Khurana directed sports drama film Rashmi Rocket which stars Tapsee Pannu. His notable works are TVF Tripling (as a writer), Yeh Meri Family (actor), Mismatched (as a director) and Krrish (as a supporting screenplay writer). Featuring a star-cast of Adhaar Khurana, Aseem Hattangady, Digvijay Savant, Zafar Karachiwala, Zayn Khan and others. 

Akarsh Khurana has done a good job with the Indian adaptation of this iconic play. Whereas the original drama was set in Boston and took on the Church, Khurana places the action in Mumbai and takes on a Godman and his cronies.

Khurana's Anil D'Souza finds unforgivable medical lapses at a charitable hospital run with the 'blessings' of a well-connected Swamiji, and struggles to get justice for his client.

Besides the medical establishment, the play is also an indictment of the power corridors that tightly seal themselves shut to prevent any stench of a misdemeanour out.

One thing that stands out in Khurana's adaptation is the linguistic and cultural references that layer the drama with more relatabilitv. The characters are a microcosm reflecting Mumbai's cosmopolitanism. There's a Christian, a Marathi, a Bohra Muslim, a Bengali, among others. Khurana also adds a layer of immediacy to the drama by adding the Hindi national language debate as well as the issue of minority rights. All in all, the play is gripping, intelligent, and intense, and the conflicts presented in it are as relevant as they were when the original play opened.

Cast: Aseem Hattangady, Digvijay Savant, Dilshad Edibam, Faisal Rashid, Garima Yajnik, Kashin Shetty, Lisha Bajaj, Tahira Nath, Zafar Karachiwala and others.

Written by Margaret May Hobbs 

Directed by Akarsh Khurana

Produced by Akvarious Production 

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The Verdict, English Play The Verdict, English Play Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Friday, October 29, 2021 Rating: 5

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