Actor-Director Makarand Deshpande plays a seven-year-old kid in English-Hindi children’s play Timeboy, which was staged at Nehru Memorial Hall, Camp in Pune. Presented by Act One Scene, the play is written by Nivedita Pohankar and directed by Deshpande himself.
The play narrates the story of protagonist Murli Penguin, who wants to know what he will be when he grows up. But with time moving at a slow pace, he is unable to wait. His friends—Sammy, the duckling, and Rohan, the zebra—join him in this quest to fight with time. One fine day, he comes up with a nifty idea of building a time machine through which he can quickly take a round of journey to his future and becomes a Time Boy.
Talking about the play, Deshpande says, “When children ask some questions like How was I born? How does the rain fall? Who is god? Parents tend to suppress them. According to me, this creates even more confusion. Instead parents should answer the questions.” On the other hand, he says there are also some parents who feel that their child should know everything and bombard him with all the information. “But they don’t check whether they are making sense to the poor small child,” he adds. The play will save parents from this dilemma. “If everything happens when I grow up, what am I doing right now? Am I living or not? From the point of view of a child, this question is very important and so is this play,” says Deshpande.
Revealing more about the idea behind using animal elements in the play, Deshpande says that children are very inquisitive by nature and their imagination levels are high. “By showing animals such as penguins, ducks and zebras, we are trying to boost the already-present creativity and out-of-the-box thinking in them,” he says.