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Dhumrapaan: This play on smoking areas in offices not injurious to health!

A play titled Dhumrapaan, set in the smoking zones of a corporate office, brings office gossip and the stressful lives led by employees at work places into centre stage. The play is part of the ongoing Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards.

art and culture Updated: Mar 10, 2017 14:59 IST
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Dhumrapaan

Dhumrapaan stars veteran actor Kumud Mishra, of Rockstar and Jolly LLB 2 fame, in the character of an angry boss. The actor, seen here, in a scene from Rockstar.

The office gossips and smoking areas, which have gone hand in hand since time immemorial, were brought to life in a play that highlighted the stressful lives led by employees at work places.

Set in the smoking zone of a corporate office, Dhumrapaan plays out over a period of a week, as an angry boss, a senior employee waiting for his retirement, a new joinee, a reluctant worker, an English speaking tech-savvy employee and a carefree intern, enact the nuances of what is popularly called ‘office politics’.

Taking from the ‘chicken-egg dilemma’, the story delves deeper into the reason why most office-goers indulge in smoking.

Laden with dark humour, it shows how insecurities and fears win over an individual in the rat race to be successful.

“I always think whether it is the cigarette that is killing us or is there something that is killing us from within because of which we take up smoking?” asks one of the characters.

The unfavourable situations in the characters’ lives play antagonists, as the smoking zone in the office transforms from an area for discussing the ‘singing talent’ of one of the employees’ child to a platform that witnesses the blame-game between co-workers.

Akarsh Khurana, who has directed the play, came up with the idea while observing the smoking room at the Delhi airport here, as he waited to board his flight.

“The body language of the smokers, the unspoken camaraderie, the personalities of different types of smokers, some alone and others in small groups, is what sowed the seed for the play,” Khurana said.

A scene from Dhumrapaan underway at the Kamani auditorium in Delhi. (Metawards.com/plays/dhumrapaan/)

The story also depicts the irony of how employees use the smoking room to get rid of the claustrophobia they suffer from in their air-conditioned cubicles.

The production stars veteran actor Kumud Mishra of Rockstar and Jolly LLB 2 fame, in the character of the ‘angry boss’. Mishra is also the producer of the play.

The play was performed at Kamani auditorium here as part of the ongoing Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards.

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