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Silsila (A short play)By horizon753
I remember this play on PTV. It made such an impact on me that I will always remember it. It was a 3 hours play and the title was shown only after the play was over.
There is this guy who is struggling in life. He has an ordinary job. His wife passes away after giving birth to a son. He raises his son and is an exemplary father. His life is totally dedicated to his child. He puts him in school. Looks after him and the house and works. He plays the role of father and mother for the child.
Its not easy coping up all alone but for the sake of his son, he never re-marries. He has to rush from work to the school to pick up his son each day and to bring him home then cook, make him eat, take him out to play, help do his homework and so on.
Time passes on. His son grows to be a fine lad. The father also takes up a part time job and admits his son into a college and one day his son graduates and then study further and finally he starts a career. The father looks out for a suitable match for his son and finally he is married.
All three live together and then things start changing. The daughter in law is not happy because of the old man living with them and considers that as a burden and a violation of privacy in the house. Small things start cropping up. The old man is retired so ample time at hand and at home. Remarks are made on the old man's eating habits and expenses and dressing and all that stuff. In the beginning his son tries to make his wife understand but eventually he also takes her side.
One day this old man overhears the conversation between his son and his daughter in law and is heart broken. He considers himself a burden on them so leaves the house and goes to an old people's home and starts living there.
He feels very lonely in the beginning but makes the best out of it. He keeps himself busy with volunteer work and many years pass by. By now the old man becomes very old. He works in the office of the old people's home. His eyesight too gets worse as well as his health but he keeps going. In the last scene, he sits in his office doing his clerical work and registering new comers and maintaining the office records. He asks the name of a new comer for registration. The name sounds familiar...He looks up...and the new comer....turns out to be no one...but his own son....
The play ends....The title appears on the screen.....SILSILA (Continuity).