When less is more

Jigna Padhiar chats up with Shomshukla Das close on the heels of her third play, Tonight I Can Write.
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Updated on Feb 27, 2009 01:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByJigna Padhiar, Mumbai

Continuing her forte of plays based on relationships, Shomshukla Das has scripted and directed her third play that deals with the problems of homosexuality, “but in a subtle way,” as she explains. “The suffering, misery and rejection that homosexuals go through, made me come up with the play,” says Das.

She wanted to complete the play in 2007, but couldn’t do so because she didn’t find appropriate actors, until she found Cyrus Dastoor and Ritika Sahni. “I always like to have few characters in my plays with a minimalist approach to stage props and dim lights,” she says.

The story begins with a teenage love story that ends soon and builds up to the couple meeting and getting back together after a decade.

When the couple reunites, the man reveals his homosexuality and thus begin the dilemmas of loving a homosexual man. Two’s company too “There are only two actors and so the script has to be really strong. The story builds in different phases of the life of the man and the woman,” she explains.

Another characteristic of all her plays is black and white, which continues here too in the set, props and lights. Also a poet, poetry seeps in unconsciously in her plays.

Her next play, she reveals would be something on a lighter note. “I have done three serious plays now. Next I want to do something frivolous, perhaps something like a David Dhawan flick,” she says. As of now she rehearses and prepares for the next shows and tells the audience to “read between the lines.”

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