A satirical comedy about the inevitability of the corporate rat race, how we cope with it, interspersed with black humour highlighting what we make our throat and lungs undergo as we deal with our stress!
Set in the smoking area of a corporate building over the period of a week, a bunch of office employees discuss appraisals, politics, and relationships, all the while dealing with their stress, fears, and insecurities. The play is a satirical comedy about the inevitability of the corporate rat race, how we cope with it, interspersed with black humour about the stuff we make our throat and lungs undergo as we deal with our stress.
This Delhi premiere of our play is special. The seed of the idea of Dhumrapaan came to me in Delhi, at the airport. While I waited for a flight, I observed the smoking room closely: the body language of the smokers, the unspoken camaraderie, the personalities of the different types of smokers, some alone and some in small groups, and the drastic change in the environment when a lady entered and lit up. I was amused and intrigued and immediately knew where I wanted the play set. I spoke to Adhir Bhat about an idea I had; we discussed the need for more contemporary Hindi theatre and our common love for the work of David Mamet, and this play was created. This is the first time I am directing a full -length play for a theatre company other than Akvarious, my own. And I couldn’t have asked for better producers than Kumud Mishra and his team at D for Drama. Working with this ensemble has also been delightful, and I truly believe something special came out of this confluence. I hope our first Delhi audience will feel the same.