Have you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a complete nut-job lawyer? Ever wondered why after 48 years of marriage, an aged, high society couple would decide to get divorced? Have you pondered upon what could be the thought processes and lives of people we term as complete ‘gone cases’? What would happen if all of them came together? Comedy drama The Gone Case, dished out by Out Of The Box Production, aims to answer all these questions that will leave you wondering if “truth really is stranger than fiction?”
Abhishek Pattnaik, director and co-writer, The Gone Case, shares, “Each one of us harbours a gone case within us. Strangely, each one of us fails to acknowledge it for fear of being called mad by society. My play deals with these ‘gone case’ traits embedded in each one of us.”
The plays tells the story of one of the most eccentric divorce cases of all time, that of Pinky Tejumal (a once-upon-a-time music artiste) and Chunnilal Tejumal (a stereotypical Sindhi). Chunnilal visits LLB Kini (accomplished lawyer) while Pinky meets the ‘gone case’ lawyer to handle the legal proceedings for the divorce. What follows is a series of unpredictable events and a laugh riot with a message that is relevant to everyone’s life in this competitive world.
Sujay Mirchandani, co-writer of the play, who also essays the role of the stereotypical Sindhi, Chunnilal, says, “Writing the script of the play was an enriching process. We gradually developed the script, observing people around us whom we term as gone cases and also looking within us for the gone case traits we possess. I am sure people will appreciate our effort.”
Twenty year-old Shreyas Pardiwalla, who essays the role of the eccentric lawyer admits, “This role has been one of the most difficult roles of my career. My character is an amalgamation of different gone cases found in different walks of life. I play the character of a very cute and adorable, but confused guy who is unable to decide his true calling in life. I had to think like a gone case and internalise the mannerisms to enact the role to the hilt.”
How does he feel to enact the role of an eccentric in the play. “Each one of us has a gone case within us, we just fail to acknowledge it for the fear of backlash from society. However, while choosing to conform to society’s norms, we fail to unleash our hidden talents. The play is all about chasing your dreams,” says Pardiwalla.