‘Public wants 70 per cent of entertainment in tiatr, through comedy or songs’ Comedian Ambe




Tiatrists often repeat topics and share their views through the tiatrs using and different stories. One such story is by tiatrist Sandeep Ambe, more popularly known as comedian Ambe who has developed the plot of his recent tiatr titled, ‘Lifetime Award’ around the topic of HIV/AIDS.

‘Lifetime Award’ is a story that revolves around a young and rich man who loves to hang out with beautiful girls. He gets into a relationship and later cheats on them when he finds a better girl. Before leaving a girl, he gives her money and puts the blame on his father. This goes on for a while till he finds one very pretty girl comes his way, and with no knowledge of her history he gets physical with her, until he realises that the girl is HIV positive and has passed the virus to him.

Talking about the reason behind the tiatr title, ‘Lifetime Award’ he says: “The young man in the story always pays off every girl after cheating on her. Each time he blames his father and tells the girl that he has to leave as his father is will not agree to the relationship. While cheating on them he does not realise that he is hurting their emotions and disrespecting their love. When someone cheats on a person, he or she has to pay the price for it. Similarly, the young man has to pay the price for cheating on so many girls. He ends up with the HIV virus being passed on to him.”

Ambe says that no person should cheat on another as one does not realise how it affects the betrayed. “It is certainly bad to cheat on any person, as you disrespect his or her feelings. Each person has to eventually pay for their sins.”

Ambe aims to convey a message through his tiatr, and this one is targeted to the boys who play the fool with girls. “This tiatr conveys message for boys and partially for girls. What goes around comes around in some or the other way. The protagonist of the tiatr uses his money power and uses girls and betrays them. If you love someone, love her truly and deeply,” says Ambe. It also conveys a message to girls to beware of such boys.

‘Lifetime Award’ presents the current scenario of the dating games that boys and girls play. “Not all girls are same. Some plan to get married to the love of their life. But I have come across many boys who have used their money to get rid of them. I believe it’s completely wrong. These boys do not realise how their actions will affect the girl and her life. Some girls get into depression and find it very difficult to come out of it.”

The tiatr also highlights the topic of importance of blood donation. “There is a scene where the boy is admitted to the hospital and requires blood. However, due to the unavailability of blood the doctor has a conversation with the boy’s father about how people don’t donate blood hence the hospitals’ supply falls short during emergencies. In a way, this is an encouragement for the audience to donate blood.”

Ambe has also shown that parents have an important responsibility of the right upbringing for their children. Here the father of the young boy sends the money but never keeps track on his son’s activities. Ambe says: “There is one scene at the end of the tiatr where the father apologises to his son’s ex- lovers stating that it was his mistake not to look after his only son in India. Giving them money is not just the only responsibility of the parents towards their children.”

Ambe opines that tiatr goers of North Goa love kaantaras and wait to hear them; however in South Goa, people are interested in the story of the tiatr. His tiatr, ‘Lifetime Award’ has nine kaantaras and four caants.

“There are three comedians in this tiatr, including me,” says Ambe. According to him, public needs entertainment in what they watch rather than the message. “Public wants 70 per cent of entertainment in tiatr, through comedy or songs. No one today likes to watch tragedy on stage. So, tiatr needs to have a message but it should be conveyed with fun, as well as with enough of suspense and seriousness,” adds Ambe.