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Karanveer Mehra: 'Lights Out' will compel next generation to take stand against gender violence

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Karanveer Mehra: 'Lights Out' will compel next generation to take stand against gender violence

The teleplay is based on Manjula Padmanabhan’s acclaimed work. In 1986, when playwright Manjula Padmanabhan’s play ‘Lights Out’ opened in Mumbai, it created a sensation because it was based on the eyewitness account of a horrific crime.

Talking about the same, he said: “This teleplay mirrors the fact that when we remain silent, we are complicit in injustice. The fact that many such incidents continue to take place, is very disturbing.”

The teleplay unfolds in the apartment of a middle-class couple who have invited some friends over. Their cheerful evening gets disrupted when they overhear an assault in a nearby compound. The events that follow illustrate not just collective apathy but also voyeuristic curiosity.

The ‘Behenein’ fame actor said it was shocking to learn that ‘Lights Out’ is not a satire but inspired by a real incident.

“Even if the character that I play is fictional, the incident that the story revolves around is not. This teleplay challenges the notion of ‘manhood’ to reveal the moral weakness of men who are not ready to take a stand when things like this happen.

“People don’t want to be involved in somebody else’s mess and turn to look away because they have a life to run, maybe a family to provide for. However, I hope that the teleplay will awaken the next generation and compel them to take a stand against gender violence,” he added.

The filming director of ‘Lights Out’ is Ritesh Menon, and the teleplay also stars Smiriti Kalra, Sandhya Mridul, Ninad Kamat, Shruti Madhudeep, and Vikram Kochhar.

It will release on December 13 on Airtel Theatre, Dish TV Rangmanch Active and D2H Rangmanch Active.

–Ajit Weekly News

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