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Musical drama 'Ek Tanha Chaand'- A tribute to tragedy queen Meena Kumari
Actress Roobie S Saine in a brief conversation with this citizen journalist (Niilesh A Raje) told about her musical drama "Ek Tanha Chaand" and the untold pain in the life and times of the tragedy queen Meena Kumari. Reel life gave Meena Kumari recognition, fame and she won several awards to her credit. But in the real life she was always lonely leading her life totally despondent and dejected.
In the recent time I had the opportunity to witness a musical play based on Late Meena Kumari's real life whom the world fondly remembers even today as the “Tragedy Queen” or the “Queen of Sorrow”. In a brief chat with me here’s what the Producer, Director and Theatre Artist Roobie S Saine under the banner of 'Sky Vvox Theartre Group' has to say about her musical drama titled “Ek Tanha Chaand” where she plays the lead role of Meena Kumari.

The musical drama has successfully completed five shows till date. Two were performed in Delhi and three in Mumbai. The Mumbai launch was done on 1st August on the occasion of the 80th birth anniversary of Meena Kumari.

Meena Kumari (Tragedy Queen)
Meena Kumari being humble by nature provided solace to many of them in their turbulent time but her very own personal life was cruel when it came to the matters of the heart. Her much talked about espousal with the Pakeezah director Kamal Amrohi (almost twice her age) was in fact a fiasco inviting her into the jaws of death.

Apart from being a great thespian, prolific writer she also held the reputation for being an extremely beautiful human being. Her work in reel life gave her recognition, fame and she won several awards to her credit. But in the real life she was always lonely leading her life totally despondent and dejected. It gives us an impression that pain was her destiny which she just could not avoid it in the course of her life.

Her aspirations for getting into motherhood remained only a distant dream. Unknowingly or unintentionally her loneliness started killing her from inside and the only companion she got to remove boredom from her life was alcohol.

Ek Tanha Chaand
With Ek Tanha Chaand it's our endeavour to reach the common masses and touch upon some bitter reality of her life including Pakeezah, a movie that was very dear to her heart admits Roobie. We are very positive that our musical drama is sure to captivate the heart of the audiences bringing in the nostalgic memories of the Tragedy Queen Meena Kumari.

The musical drama covers the odyssey with six characters which includes Meena Kumari (played by Roobie herself), Kamaal Amrohi, Rehmaan, Amaan Miyan, Rouf Lala and Vakar Ali. The show throws light on the frequent tiff’s Meena Kumari had with her husband Kamaal Amrohi regards her drinking habits and how Kamaal’s secretary Vakar Ali was party to it.

They say reality of life is painful and the musical drama depicts the same through scene from one of Meena Kumari’s movie “Sahib Biwi Aur Ghulam” where she is seen playing the role of “Choti Bahu” reflecting her eagerness to witness motherhood but unfortunately she could not. This being a musical drama audience gets the opportunity to hear the voice of Meena Kumari once again so also reciting of her poetry in her very own painful voice.

Apart from the impressive story line the drama takes the audience to the nostalgic memories of the golden era and keeping the audience captivated. Effective use of special light effects is evident giving the perfect touch where it means to showcase the emotional aspect of Meena Kumari. The message drama “Ek Thana Chaand” portrays is 'Do not judge the path if you have not walked my journey'.

Director’s Cut
Director of the play Roobie admits that, “Meena Ji has been her immense source of inspiration. The Tragedy Queen never wanted to join films but destiny had their own plans for her. The glamour world gave her fame, money, success and loneliness. In spite of immense turmoil in her life Meena Kumari emerges to her and many others as a strong women personality. Reading her poetry its evident Meena Ji was lonely and the only solace in her life then was pain.   

“Ek Tanha Chaand” is humble effort from my side to capture the life and times of Meena Kumari admits Roobie. No one could understand the problems she went in life. She always wanted to lead a normal life and was anxious to witness motherhood but destiny had her own plans for the tragedy queen. The Pakeezah lyrics holds true here, "Jo kahi gayi na mujhse . . . who zamaana keh raha hai . . Ke fasaana . . Ke fasaana ban gayi hai Ke fasaana ban gayi hai Meri baat chalte chalte Meri baat chalte chalte Yunhi koi mil gaya tha".

Apart from theatre, Roobie also holds the credit for having worked on various projects for Doordarshan, Zee TV, SAB TV and Aaj Tak to name a few. She also had the opportunity to work in feature films in Punjabi as well as Hindi which includes Love Express.

Over the freewheeling chat we had Roobie is indeed soft spoken and down to earth to chat with and she owes it all to the blessings of “Sai Baba” absence of which her efforts would have been lackluster. Her message being if I have been instrumental to keep my show “Ek Tanha Chaand” committed to the memory of the audience it would be the biggest joy for any director says Roobie. When asked which is the next personality she would like to portray through the medium of stage and lights pat comes her reply Mother Teresa.

Wishing Roobie "All The Best" on her voyage of discovery.

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