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An unbearable lightness

MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER
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A love triangle set in the rarified world of English theatre.

“The Green Room” by Aditya Sudarshan

A namika, the protagonist of Aditya Sudarshan's “The Green Room,” is torn apart by doubt and despair in the green room after a successful performance of an ordinary play. Malik, her rich boyfriend, tries unsuccessfully to understand Anamika's dilemma. Everything about her life strikes discordant notes as Anamika realises this is not what she signed up for as a young, talented collegian.

Lalit, her first love from college, dropped out of her life as she crossed over to the other side of shallow imitations produced by Karishma whose height of creativity takes the form of “a desi Sex and the City, Sex in South Ex.” The theatre critic, Shukla, who tells Anamika: “If you want to be a serious actor, a serious artist, then you have to know the real India. It's not all pubs and Cafe Coffee Days, you know.”

It is at this dark time of Anamika's soul that Firoz appears. Calling himself a fan, he asks some tough questions of Anamika.

“I have experienced the prevailing attitude towards Indian writing in English,” says Aditya. “While our inspirations come from the West, our lives are rooted here. We feel guilty about our privileged lives. From a wholly materialistic point of view, we are privileged but that is not the only thing in our lives now, is it?”

Aditya has two published novels to his name — the classic whodunit, “A Nice Quiet Holiday” (2009) and “Show me a Hero” (2011), a heady cocktail of hero worship, cricket and murder. “The Green Room” is Aditya's second play, his first being “Sensible People”. The 26-year-old studied law at Bangalore and practised criminal law in Delhi for nine months before turning a full-time writer. He has recently moved to Mumbai and writes for NDTV's political comedy show, “The Great Indian Tamasha.”

MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER

The Green Room is about the artistic trauma of the so-called privileged, English speaking elite

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