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Nehru – His Inner Story (Beaten Gold)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

Telling the story of free India’s first Prime minister, ‘Nehru: His Inner Story’ is a varied insight into Nehru’s life. Dilip Shankar imbues the difficult, show defining role of Nehru with doubt and vulnerability and it is here the show is strongest. Narhu’s grief at his wife’s death and his enduring conflict over the messy realpolitik of partition are touchingly human. However, the show is less skilful at showing Nehru’s motivations and desires – we never truly get a sense of why he was willing to suffer such pains for his cause, particularly in his youth – and this leaves us with an incomplete picture of the man. Although interesting and affecting, this show is ultimately a little unsatisfying.

Paradise in the Vault, until 25 Aug (not 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24), 7.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andrew Bell]