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Love story with a Punjabi punch

An adaptation of the famous play, The Miser, by Moliere, Ishq Da Syaapa — Daughter-In-Law Weds Papa, has been given a Punjabi tadka by city based theatre group Behroopiya Entertainers.

art and culture Updated: Jun 30, 2013 02:44 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times

Get ready to watch a laughter riot of sorts as a miserly father and his extravagant son try to woo the same girl on stage today. “The play is being performed not in ‘Dilli-waali Punjabi’ that every Delhiite can understand,” says Mrinal Dhar, director.

The entire team of actors and writer seem to be excited about the Punjabi twist. “Punjabi adds a different punch to the story. It’s the language of the people and almost everybody in north Delhi — whether Punjabi or not, understands the language,” says Vineet Chopra, the writer. The play revolves around a miserly father — Lalaji played by Sahil Kapoor and his 20-year-old son Jassi, who likes to move around in flashy cars and throw around money to be popular among his peer group. “I have been observing a lot of miser people around me for the role. Indians have a lot of peculiar miserly habits.

Like the ladies who would spend thousand rupees at a restaurant or kitty party but will still haggle for R5 with the sabzi wallah,” says Kapoor. The twist or tadka in the tale is added by Kuljeet Bua a middle aged match-maker whom Lalaji summons to set him up with an 18-year-old girl called Preeto. “The bua in question is a typical flashy Punjabi lady who is loud-mouthed, loves to wear bright colours and can butter-up anybody for money,” says Richa Nirala, 26, who plays this character. “Being from Haridwar, I have spent last seven to eight months observing Punjabi women closely and perfecting their mannerisms and accent for the role,” says Nirala.
Catch him here

What: Ishq Da Syaapa — Daughter-in-law weds Papa
When: June 29, 30
Timing: 7pm
Where: Apparel House, Epicentre, Sector - 44, Gurgaon
Nearest Metro Station: Huda City Centre on Yellow Line

First Published: Jun 29, 2013 18:01 IST