Old Fashioned: A Review


Winter in Calcutta comes with a lot of festivities. Most end up being a repetitive sort of a yearly event, and of course, momentary. But, The Nautanki Company’s production, Old Fashioned makes you ponder.

Old Fashioned is very nicely scripted. We see, more or less, the same narrative style from writer-director Tejodipto Panda, who resorts to his familiar style of apparently incoherent coherence. A well spaced stage setting and good taste of prop placing, sets the mood early on. Old Fashioned is strictly not a script adhering to the characteristics of a problem play. At points it seems very Bildungsroman-esque, however it is not. Neither is it a love story. It is a vision about acceptability, which is still a myth in the so-deemed progressive Indian Society. At points the narrative seems to lack amalgamation and a little more material for a culmination is felt to be necessary. Yet, the…

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