Mock the bureaucracy

Apr 03, 2012, 11:34 IST | Surekha S

"It's a crazy play," alerts Rahul da Cunha, about his newest production, The Bureaucrat, which will premiere for Mumbai's audiences this Sunday at the Sophia Bhabha Hall. The play, which has been written by Anuvab Pal, looks at modern India and its problems, in a humorous way.

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Ask him about how the play came to be and he rattles off, “Anuvab and I have been friends since 2004. In 2008, we worked on Chaos Theory together. The idea for this came about during the play One on One, which was a series of monologues. One of them was a take on India’s bureaucracy and from there this play took shape,” says Rahul.

A still from the play The Bureaucrat

“It is set in a fictitious scenario, where corruption is rampant,” he explains. The play is about an ageing bureaucrat, who was held in high esteem during Indira Gandhi’s time. But, now he lives in a country where everything seems to be falling apart and he is relegated to small time jobs. This is an age where protests are the order of the day, corruption is unbridled and the economy is crumbling.

Amid all this, a VJ who calls himself Dishoom, is organising a nude protest against corruption during the same time as French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s visit to Delhi. To avert this, ministers call the old bureaucrat and request him to stop this protest. He is entrusted with this important task, as the VJ is none other than his own son.

Through bureaucratic ways of ministers, secret corruption deals and the corruption so entrenched in Indian politics, the one hour-45 minute play, presents a political satire on the country in which we live in today.

In the process of trying to avert the protest, the old bureaucrat embarks on a journey as he attempts to understand his son and himself. The cast in this Rage production includes Bugs Bhargava Krishna, Neil Bhoopalam, Anu Menon, Jaswinder Singh, Sukant Goel, Natasha Azad and Aseem Hattangady.

 “It is a madcap look at contemporary India. The play throws light on its bureaucracy. It looks at the youth of the country and the attempts they are making to change the situation,” shares Rahul. He adds that the play is an attempt to pull the lid off on corruption — “It talks about the ministers, who only care about making money and corruption on the whole.”

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