15 May 2024  |   06:38am IST

Keeping a watchful eye on children before it’s too late

Keeping a watchful eye on children before it’s too late

Pio Esteves

The tiatr revolves around a senior citizen (Ulhas Tari), his son Tony (Concy), who is a successful businessman by profession. Tony is blessed with a spouse Alzira (Rosy Alvares), who is a housewife.

This couple has three children, namely Bruno (Francisco), Reena (Princey), who are pursuing their studies in college and Francis (Roniber), who is studying in high school. Tony and Alzira have the bad habit of satisfying all the materialistic needs of their children.

But the elderly man is there in the family to continuously warn his son and daughter-in-law, including his grandchildren, about their wrongdoings. He does not hesitate to step back, but strikes as and when needed.

As time flies, Tony fails to understand the gravity of the situation at home. While he has not enjoyed life to the fullest with the latest accessories when growing up, he believes that his children should not be deprived of it. Instead, he goes out of his way of offering Bruno and Reena credit cards so that life becomes easy for them.

After the youngest Francis completes his high school, as promised by his mom, he gets a new bike. He takes her for a ride, meets with an accident and passes away.

Alzira is left disabled for life. Bruno turns into a drug addict, while Reena gets into the flesh trade. Will Tony’s father’s cry to rectify the wrong fall on deaf ears? Or will it be a cry in the wilderness? What is the outcome of the negligence? Will amendments help improve the situation in the family?

After touching upon subjects pertaining to Goa and the Goans, Francis de Tuem’s 9th production ‘Ger’rak Nhoi Vor’rak Melo’ mirrors the true picture of the degrading family values in today’s materialistic society. It serves as an alarm to parents who recklessly splurge money and materialistic goods on their school and college going children.

There are some parents who are ready to offer costly gifts to their children in order to gain status in the society. And in the bargain, they fail to instill the required discipline and family values.

The director has touched a very relevant and meaningful subject which is prevalent in today’s society where the family and society are losing family values blinded with wealth and money. Will fake social status lead the families to a safe destination?

All the artistes have played their respective roles with gusto. Concy, son of late Souza Boy, and Rosy Alvares give their best as guardians, while Francisco, Princey and Roniber do well as siblings. But Ulhas Tari as the watchdog stands tall in the entire show. Olga in the prostitute den and Rosario de Benaulim at the birthday bash add colours to the show.  

For some laughter moments, there’s comedian Nato taking along with him Zuzu (Rizton), Fiona and Rosario de Benaulim 

and they create laughter riot on stage. Watch for some magical tricks by Nato with his flexible body.

In the category of songs, there’s Peter de Arambol with the opening song, followed by solos from Rosy Alvares on anger, Francis de Tuem, Amresh Kamat, Rosario de Benaulim. There are songs by Francisco and Peter de Arambol, Olga, Rosario de Benaulim and Francisco on worldly greed and Francis de Tuem, Nato, Rizton, Fiona and Rosario de Benaulim. Songs by Francis de Tuem, Olga and another song by Francis de Tuem, Olga and Rizton receive encores. Alex and his musical team have provided good live music offstage.

Anthony de Ambaji has assisted with the stage sets, while Jaison takes care of the lights.

IDhar UDHAR

Idhar Udhar