Full Meals TOI

Full on!

Tahatto is back with their new play this Friday at the Alliance Francaise at 8 pm

Piali Dasgupta I Vasanthnagar

Tahatto’s fourth production won’t leave you hungry for more. With a name like Full Meals, one would expect that from the 80-minute play. Written by Prashanth Nair and Badri Vishal, it’s a cluster of six stories. “Each story represents a flavour of life. Some are spicy, some sweet; so it’s a full meal at the end of it. They are about fun and simple incidents of life with an Indian touch to them. But it’s more a reflection of life rather than being nation-specific,” says Piyush Agarwal from Tahatto. The seventh story adds a narrative flow to the play.
    One of the stories is set in Bangalore. Titled Three Times, it’s about how three individuals react in a certain situation. One is an autorickshaw driver, one is new to the city and the other is an old Bangalorean. “They talk about issues that plague the city. The driver complains about the influx of non-Kannadigas; the new guy feels Bangalore doesn’t live up to its hype; the woman is accepting of the changes in the city,” reveals Prashanth.
    Two of the stories (Toll Free Happiness and The God and the Psychiatrist) are from their last production, A Funny Thing Called Life. The former is about a guy who gets sacked, returns home and needs someone to talk to. He randomly calls a holiday planning service and speaks to an automated voice. The second is about a woman’s conversation with god. “She constantly asks for proof of him being god,” says Prashanth.
    There’s a poignant piece called The Beginning and the End. It’s about a rookie soldier (played by Yasin) at a location where, unable to communicate with anyone, he initiates a conversation with his counterpart from the enemy block. “He looks through his binoculars and answers his questions with exaggerated sign language. When the general arrives, he questions the soldier’s integrity. The general has orders to start a war and wants the soldier to open fire at the person he was speaking to,” states Prashanth.
    Love and Lightning involves an interaction between two strangers in an airport café. “It’s a possible romantic situation between a hyperactive girl and a reticent boy who have nothing in common,” says Prashanth. The Proposal is about a man proposing to a deaf and dumb girl through sign language. “The guy ends up wishing that he too were differently abled, so that there would be no difference between them,” says Prashanth.

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