A Selfie Sunday
The stage is set with trains passing by in the background and an empty waiting room eagerly waiting to be occupied. On the other end of the dark hall, I’m sitting clueless about why the play is named Selfie.
Directed by Tanaz Irani, the play is enacted by Dimple Shah, Kishwar Merchant, Shweta Gulati, Priya Malik & Tanaz herself. Running successfully @ St. Andrew’s Auditorium – Bandra West – Mumbai.
The drama begins with an old lady entering the waiting room and yelling at everything and anything around. She clearly holds a place of importance in her mind but I guess no one has ever bothered to listen to her. Next comes a middle aged working women with all smiles on her face. But there is something behind her loving face which we may or may not come to know as the play progresses.
Soon enough amidst the laughing and giggling, there comes a young chatty Punjabi woman who is very much married but still has a reason to believe otherwise. She enthusiastically talks about seeing an actress at the station and wonders why is she at a godforsaken station?
The actress on the other hand behaves mysteriously to hide her sorrow and the dilemma she is going through. Will the choice she makes end her career or love life? Last but not the least comes a business manager who is on top of her career but is still not happy.
As the play unfolds through remarks & conversations shared between these ladies, each comes up with her own idea of a perfect life; just like a Selfie. There, I had my answer!
Each one of them is hiding her own fears and insecurities which they face and courageously accept.
In between much drama and argument, the play provides the audience several thoughts to ponder. The answer to all those questions lies in the play and within ourselves. The comic timing of the actors is brilliant and leaves the audience with a light heart but a deeper understanding of social issues in the end.
Without much revelation about the topics discussed in the play, I would like to request all the readers to go and watch it once. Go with an idea to be treated with witty dialogues, satire, full stock of laughter and of course much required drama.
For all that its worth, don’t forget to take a selfie when you come out!