Politics is dirty. We all know that. We continue to crib about the inefficient system, corrupt leaders and vested interests. But nobody wants clean this dirt, nobody wants to bring a change. But what if someone shows us the way? What if someone takes up the cudgels to clean the system? Someone raises hope? Will he be trusted? Produced by Jaimini Pathak and directed by Nayantara Roy, Dirty Talk asks its audience if they would like to believe such a change-maker.
Playing it up
"Dirty Talk is a satire on politics and people. It is a witty take on broad lateral structure of our governance," explains Pathak. The play jabs at commercialism and corruption. After hitting fame and fortune for his revolutionary discovery of 'Porty', a portable toilet that cleans up your shit, England-returned Indian scientist is overcome by patriotism and decides to serve his motherland by standing for elections in Mumbai. This poster boy soon becomes the talk of the town, 'he's a rockstar who's got your mother, your maid, your media, and your maniacs rooting for him'. No doubt, he raises the ire of local strongman who perceives him as a potential threat. This local politician digs out some slimy dingy secrets of the Golden Boy to malign him. However, not to be let down so easily, the protagonist's team too twist wrists for damage control.
What would be a better time to perform this play than now when the election process is in its last stage and the new government will be announced soon. "Yes, I would say this is very relevant time. But unfortunately, the kinds of issues the play deals with are relevant in all times. Every five years we hears the same rhetoric, same promises, same hopes but at the end everything remains the same. Unfortunately, this play may be relevant in the times to come! laments Pathak.
The real issues
The play reflects what it see in the society. Name calling and mud-slinging were the highlights of this year's election campaign. "The real issues were sidelined while campaigning. Politicians and media were more interested in contestants' personal life than national issues like health, education nourishment and growth," he says. Deshik Vandasia, who plays one of the seven characters in the play says that media is a double-edged sword. "Dirty Talk focuses on our nation's dirty political tricks, media exploitation and the loss of honesty and hope where eventually the wrong candidate gets elected as the prime minister. But things may change this time," Vandasia hopes.
When and Where: May 20 at Prithvi Theatre from 9.30 pm