In the NIK of time

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Melbourne Talkies’ Tamil play Neram Ippozhudhu Kaadhal, which ran to a packed theatre, was a comedy that spanned centuries from the ancient Chola to the modern

Melbourne welcomed spring with “Neram Ippozhudhu Kaadhal” (NIK), a Tamil play professionally staged by Melbourne Talkies (MT), a local Tamil theatre production initiative. MT, which won many accolades last year for its debut performance – Gajini Gajana Gaali (G3), left no stone unturned yet again in presenting NIK to Melbourne’s Tamil diaspora. NIK unveiled its screens at Wyndham Cultural Centre Werribee on 31 October and had a repeat performance staged at Doncaster Secondary College on 1 November.

NIK, a full length romantic comedy, ran a full house with a rapt audience who sat glued to their seats. The story revolved around the concept of time travel and the MT cast and crew put together a tightly knit performance which was well directed and executed. The characters were a unique blend of shades ranging from a modern Geetha and Karthik (played by Vaishnavi and Kaushik) to the historical Raja Chandravarman and Chandralekha (a dual role portrayed by Feroz) and the short-tempered Major Adityan (played by Srivatsan).

The host of other characters that were a mix of modern day and historical tones — Vasu and Kandamaran (Lakshmikanth), Josiyar Rangasamy (Ilango), Vishnugupthan (Appa Ramji), Manimekalai (Mukilarasi), Media Mythili (Hannah) and Kumar (Senthil) supported the storyline extraordinarily. Every character had a relevant place in the story and fitted the jigsaw quite aptly. A special mention must be made for the digital background, music, dance and special effects that added much exuberance to the play. Apart from the stage performance in itself the props and sets used to depict the Pallava and Chola dynasty were beautifully designed by Anindita Banerjee who helped MT with the set design. The dialogues were crisp and laced with humour culminating in a thorough family entertainment. Apart from the dedicated cast and crew of MT, several community volunteers were also involved in the making of NIK.

It was a heart-warming performance by MT that prides in its annual affair of showcasing quality Tamil stage plays to Melbourne’s Tamil audiences. Vasan Srinivasan, Chair Australian Indian Association, graced the event as the chief guest.

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