A new play that questions contemporary India through different tales
Questions are more misleading than answers. There maybe a situation when one is trapped and has to choose between faith and family. The question is, should the person go with God or his or her near and dear? Likewise, living in a consumerist society would mean choosing luxury over need. So should one choose happiness in simple things or the extravagance of unnecessary possessions? Questions like these will be explored, discussed and thought over in the play Pensato.
An ensemble of six short plays, Pensato (an Italian word that means to think or bear in mind), presents subjects of contemporary India that question norms. Three plays in Hindi — Kash-ma-kash, Mera Pushpak Vimaan, Ijaazat and three plays in English — Zero by Ten, Water Whatever and Bad Worse Ugly will be staged in the city next weekend. “The theme revolves around the evolving mindset of Indians. While younger people are modernising, they are still made to hold onto traditions by their families. This is the larger question we seek answers to,” says Chiraag Jain, member of the Indradhanush Theatre group that’s staging this play.
Kash-ma-kash is the story of Lalit, a young man from a small town who encounters a situation where he has to change his religion for a job. He is in a dilemma whether to let go of his identity over immediate needs. Mera Pushpak Viman questions the banality of consumerism. A middle-class family decides to buy an aircraft in the near future and use it as a rental plane for financial gain, but finally, they realise the ludicrousness of the idea. Ijaazat questions the dogma of not allowing a woman to remarry. “All three plays are in different dialects of Hindi and Urdu — relevant to the subject that’s being discussed,” explains Chiraag.
The three English plays delve into contemporary issues. For example, Zero by Ten explores the impact of examinations on the life of a student. The second play, Water Whatever, is on metropolitan water woes that are being discussed by a water scientist and social activist while on a blind date. The third play (Bad Worse Ugly) throws light on the importance of one’s looks in contemporary times. Stringing different tales together in one play might seem disconcerting but the team believes it’s a well-thought out idea. “The plays are not inter-related. These are independent stories. But these are all on the same theme of an evolving socio-economic India,” asserts Chiraag. All the plays have been written by Gaurav Nigam, founder of the theatre group. The plays are directed by various directors from Bengaluru’s theatre
At Rangoli Metro Art Centre, MG Road. Tickets (Rs 180) on bookmyshow.com