Around two years ago, Mumbai-based playwright Bharat Dabolkar read a news report about the influence of Bollywood on weddings in India. “Even a Maharashtrian or a Kerala wedding now has five functions, with choreographed dances included. Everybody wants a five-day affair,
Bollywood style,” says Dabolkar. This triggered the idea of a play, Blame it on Yashraj, which makes it Delhi debut today.
“Yashraj,” says the director, “is just a representative of Bollywood. According to me, two production houses have changed the idea of weddings in India — Rajshri Productions and Yashraj.” The two-hour-long play, which revolves around a Hindu girl getting married to a Muslim boy, is set in the Tandon house, where the girl’s parents — played by theatre veterans Jayati Bhatia and Ananth Mahadevan — are busy with functions. Dancing, for obvious reasons, is an integral part of the play.
Dabolkar has set up a large LED screen in the background, which replaces the physical set. One can see the baraat on the screen and the house settings of the two families.
“The characters are very easy to relate to. The mother and the father are very much in love but, somewhere, the romance has died. I play a loud Bengali married to a Punjabi. I am a bit of a show off, extremely energetic but overly protective and caring as far as the daughter is concerned. Ananth, on the other hand leads a happy but sedentary life,” says Bhatia.
It was the very title of the play that got Bhatia excited, since she is a big fan of Yashraj. “Yashraj has taught us how to get married in style. The play is very topical, according to me,” she says. Dabolkar, best known for his play Bottoms Up, has returned as a theatre director after a gap of 11 years. Though Blame it on Yashraj is a year old, this will be its first public performance in Delhi.
At Siri Fort today at 7 pm. Tickets: Rs 200-Rs 2,500; available at http://www.bookmyshow.com