Bottoms Up Tequila”- An adult comedy staged at Gaiety
The time for new age theater seems to have been herald with staging of an adult comedy where artists have realized that their job is not that of revolutionist but to hold mirror to society and project what it is not what it should be.
Shedding away the notion of Art to be used as a tool of reform The BEGINNERS, theatre group staged “Bottoms Up Tequila”- an adult comedy at the historic Gaiety Theatre, Shimla on April 19 and 20 in association with Snow Leopard Production.
The play held the true mirror to psychology of youngsters in the current society as the play dealt with a story of four young bachelor men sharing accommodation. Each character represented a face of youth in society may that be Adarsh – a young well earning guy with a dream of prosperous future with his fiancé treading the path to success with hard work or that of Jambo – a guy who believe in living the moment and has a very casual approach towards sex and without any taboo openly accepts it as a basic, natural need of any human. Though he was in complete contrast to Adarsh for whom sex outside marriage is not something acceptable.
On the other hand we had Balbeer Sing Sodi, a young man who, like any other common working youngster aspires to have his own business someday and be the king of the world and in sharp contrast to him was Imraan, who managed his finances by selling stolen things from the house itself and using his brain to extract money from Jambo exploiting his weakness for females wittedly.
By the time play reaches its end Adarsh figures out his fiancé had been cheating over him with her boss and is left heartbroken, Balbeer who too was fooled by his other two friends – Jambo and Imraan in the name of business learns the truth. Jambo who was super excited for spending night with girl (Sex Worker) ends up with a gay sex worker.
Everyone in the last scene was seen having Tequila together forgetting problem that had with each other or with their lives and celebrated their New Year’s Eve.
Though the play banner caused lot of controversy over adult play being staged, it turned out to be nothing more than what we people experience in our daily life. If we talk about the abusive words Ma! #@## or Bh!##@#$ then if we stroll on Mall any day we hear it many more times than what we came across in this play.
No one can deny the fact that what ever was staged is definitely happening in society may that be casual affairs to gain favors professional, big dream and aspirations, phone sex or getting involved with sex workers.
The best thing about play was the message when Jambo say that he has not committed a crime or raped when Balbeer taunts his about his pervious sexual encounter with a Gay sex worker. It is really important for all to understand that there are ways of satisfying biological needs rather than forcing some innocent female for momentary pleasure.
Another aspect was Jambo too was asked to work as gigolo, which brought the male to same echelon where any female escort is in the society but it no where made any sex work look down upon or inferior as Jambo in his dialogue call them angles.
Technically speaking work was really done well. Use of projector to show a short film of Esha and her boss getting intimate definitely was a smart move as it maintained the thin line between cinema screen and live performance’s comfort level.
If we talk about the cell phone ring tones of each character, they too reflected their psychology as Adarsh’s soft romantic ringtone reflected his soft emotional thoughts and Balbeer’s was fun.
Each actor gave his best shot and Chris’ performance was really outstanding it came naturally and seemed effortless. Mukesh very well projected the impulsiveness of youth and was also worth an appreciation.
The title justified itself as all characters in end had something they wanted to forget like for Adarsh and Jambo lost love for former and unusual sexual encounter for latter. Whereas Balbeer and Imraan wanted to celebrate the new hope and lesson they learned that is not to be blinded by high aspirations for former and take life as it comes for Imraan.
Over all we can say it was a good production and people who paid for the show definitely did not feel cheated.