Love is an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment, or so says Wikipedia. The dualism associated with the feeling is not something unknown to us. While for some, the emotion encapsulates all their life, for others it is akin to death.
The essence of the emotion was futher explored and exploited in a humorous manner by Siddharth Gautam in his play What Rubbish. ‘It is a story about two couples living this version. An ordinary story with extra ordinary rubbish. It tries to understand the underlying emotions, virtues and attachments which result due to their trials and tribulations and lets them through the rubbish. The following situations lead to some hilarious instances,’ says Gautam.
The 90 minute Hindi play was adapted from a well-known work by the famous Pakistani playwright and comedian Omar Sharif. ‘I was deeply influenced by him and the play is an extension of his work. Comedy as a genre is very challenging and portraying it on stage gives a high,’ says Gautam.
The complexities are the usual that couples face in their day to day lives. ‘It is the most jumbled up love story ever seen between two couples. You see, films get made in an instant, a son taking his father’s baraat back to his village, and a dulhan [who actually is a dulha] narrating his experience to his friend. It’s a rib-tickling comedy which keeps the audience at the edge,’ adds Gautam. The play took around four months to conceptualise.