Politicians, lawyers, doctors, and policemen – all were pilloried in Chaar Coat, a satire by Anurag Kala Kendra, Bikaner, which was performed on Friday evening at the Zindagi theatre section of the Hindustan Times Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.
The play featured situations where the ordinary man is driven to the wall by a corrupt and inefficient public administration.
The story was written by AV Kamal and directed by Sudhesh Vyas, who said the play was a light-hearted look at the frustration and anger that citizens experience when they try to access public services.
“Many of us feel helpless in such situations; laughing at some of our tormentors offers a kind of therapy,” said Vyas.
And the audience agreed, as the packed hall echoed with laughter. After the play’s performance, members of the audience lined up to congratulate the cast.
“The play was great entertainment, but it also carried a deep social message that is relevant in the current scenario,” said Shuddhodan KV, who is doing a doctorate in mathematics.
“I liked the fact that the play was irreverent and did not care to be politically correct.”
Cartoonist RK Laxman’s common man, in his familiar striped coat and dhoti, made a surprise visit at the end of the performance. “The play was inspired by the common man in the cartoon,” said Vyas. “We decided to feature him as a tribute to RK Laxman.”