Dhanyobad Mastermosai - Thank You My Teacher - is based on the novel by
the famous Bengali writer Sirshendu Mukhopadhyay.
The play opens with a young journalist Johnnu traveling by train to Durgapur from
Kolkata with his cousin Mahitosh and sister Taju, to meet his would-be bride for an
arranged match. During the viewing ceremony, Johnnu realizes that the would-be bride
Badhan seems to harbor a secret of her own and is not wholly agreeable to marrying
him. To save her face, he agrees to decline the match.
We are introduced with Kankan, Badhan lively sister who has been offered a job at
Bengaluru and is reluctant to leave home. Badhan asks her mother for some time to
think over the match with Johnnu. Her mother Krishna is not very happy about Badhanís
involvement with her erstwhile teacher Sisir while their father Bedabyas, though not
bothered much initially, grows increasingly worried that their daughter might be making
a grievous mistake.
Jahhnuís parents Mridul and Chitrangada, his cousin Mahitosh and sister Taju are
baffled by his opposition to the match. Badhan seemed to be a very nice girl.
Badhan comes to visit Sisir and their feelings towards each other is apparent. Itís
forbidden territory since Sisir is married and has a child, and his wife Debi suffers from
terminal cancer. Sisir and Debi can barely stand each other. While he wishes for her
death to clear his path, she suspects him having an affair with Badhan. Sisir seeks
Johnnuís help while Kankan tries to find out the details from Johnnu in order to help her
sister. Even Badhan calls Johnnu and he is moved to hear that she does not begrudge
Debi but prays for her recovery.
The story takes a turn when driven by the confusion in his mind, Sisir tries to commit
suicide. Debi learns about his abortive attempt and tries to reason with him for the sake
of their child. She realizes that even with death staring her in the face, she is reluctant
to throw in the towel. And then miraculously, Debiís cancer starts responding to her
doctorís treatment and she is declared to be out of danger.
What happens next in the tussle between the matters of the heart, infatuation if you will,
and deeper commitments? Through deft dialogues adapted from the acclaimed novel,
this play tries to explore the realm of untainted true love in human interaction.
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