The Privthi Theater in Mumbai, is nestled away in Juhu and clearly reminds you of the love that once blossomed between Shahi Kapoor and Jennifer Kapoor. The talented and gorgeous couple founded the Prithvi theater to provide a platform for young budding theater artists.
Stepping into the theater transports you to a green and clean Anglo-Indo café that’s buzzing with young and the old; artists, aspiring actors, students and lovers! There’s a quaint book store in a corner and tons of seating available under the trees.
The menu is appetizing with typical Mumbai fast food – vada pav and bhel, alongside regular fast food – burgers and sandwiches.
What we strongly recommend is the “Cutting Chai”, masala chai with hints of elaichi (cardamom) and ginger at its best. What was missing was the Mumbai monsoon and samosas. Chai has immense commercial potential…it makes you wanna give up your day job and start your own chai-stall.
The bells rang and people were asked to line up for 2 plays showing that evening – Mind Your Head and Hanuman ki Ramayana.
Mind Your Head – A 45 minute play, with a cast of 4 people. The play is a touching tribute to the freedom struggle spearheaded by Birsa Munda, and highlights the impact of illegal land acquisition and disenfranchisement of ethnic tribes in Jharkhand. A complex play, Mind Your Head deals with child schizophrenia. A 13 year old child hears voices of Birsa Munda in her head, with her frantic mother worrying about the daughter’s sanity. What’s unique about the play is that kids are encouraged to participate during the play, helping them connect with the story at a personal level. It’s a rare opportunity for these kids to experience glimpse of a struggle they might not otherwise know of.
Hanuman ki Ramayana – This is a 30 minute musical – there’s singing and dancing borrowing from the traditional Uttar Pradesh style of nautanki. The story is about Valmiki who authored the Hindu religious text Ramayana. The story revolves around Valmiki’s ambition to be known as the most worthy writer, and his fall from grace as he comes across a more selfless and glorious version of Ramayana written by Hanumana – Lord Rama’s faithful disciple.
The evening ended with crowds discussing the plays, the plot and the actors. Warm lights lit up the theater premises and there were some celebrity sightings too (Sulbha Arya for example). Theater tickets are affordable and the entire experience is one of a kind. We strongly recommend an evening at the Prithvi Theater.
Visit Prithvi Theater – 20 Janki Kutir,Juhu Church Road, Juhu, Mumbai,Maharashtra 400049 | Phone: 022 2614 9546