Last weekend I decided to go for this play interestingly titled ‘Blame It On Yashraj’, only to check out what are the “accusations” on the renowned and much respected production house in Bollywood. I knew everything in this play would be in a light vein, thanks to its genre – comedy. And yes, it was!
The play narrates the predicament of a higher middle class father (named Mr Tandon) who realizes that the apple of his eye, his daughter Rumjhum, is in love with and wants to get married to a Muslim guy named Amaan Khan. What’s more, the guy belongs to the elite class and has parents who are extremely social and liberal! No, no… Mr Tandon isn’t upset about this; he is upset that because of their liberal attitude, the Khans would have no issues with the inter-caste marriage; plus, would want a lavish wedding. Anyway, what are the things that this play highlights, let’s have a look.
Stereotyping based on class, religion and caste is typical of Indians!
The scenario: There’s an entire section wherein they discuss traits more common in certain sects of the Indian society – like Bengalis, Punjabis, Gujaratis, etc. Further, there’s an entire ‘dream sequence’ where a petrified Mr Tandon imagines Amaan and his family to be a gang of terrorists who pull the Tandons into their illegal affairs!
What it highlights: In India, stereotyping based on class, religion and caste is as common as dirt. “Oh, he’s a Gujju? Full on money minded.” “Oh, she’s a South Indian? She must be dominating.” “A Punjabi? Loud mouthed, foul mouthed!” “A Muslim? Is he even trustworthy?” “Her father is so filthy rich, she must be a spoilt brat!” Lord! Can’t the stereotypical speculations simply stop?
Every hopeless situation has a silver lining!
The scenario: No matter how much Mr Tandon tried to convince his daughter against the marriage, he failed. Even his wife, Shoma, and son, Yudi, were game for the marriage. Finally, he had to bow down before his family for their happiness, despite him being clearly displeased. But amidst all this, he saw one silver lining – it’s an inter-caste marriage; so, no “shor sharaaba”; one simple court marriage, and they are sorted; no unnecessary lavish wedding; no unwanted show-off.
What it highlights: When misery strikes, try to look for a silver lining, hang on to it, and pull yourself out of the melancholy. Your fiancé chickened out at the last moment before your wedding? Aren’t you happy you didn’t get married to such a coward? Your husband is such a Mamma’s boy. Be happy you don’t have to attend to your husband’s every little need. Let him run to Mamma Dearest while you get yourself some more “me” time!
Get all required details in place, before you jump into something!
The scenario: When Mr and Mrs Tandon reach the Khans’ posh house for the first time, the Khans introduce themselves, before introducing the Tandons to Puchki, their dog, who is in the room next door. Even before Mrs Khan can warn him, an excited Mr Tandon rushes into the room to meet the “cute little Puchki”, only to find a livid Rottweiler growling and charging at him.
What it highlights: At times, we jump into something impulsively before getting the complete information. What happens next? Well, we find ourselves in trouble, or closely escaping one. You’ve just started learning to ride, but you decide to zoom your way into the traffic only to be abused by the angry drivers, riders and pedestrians on the road for stopping or falling right in front of them? You’re out on an adventure trip, but refuse to listen to the instructions carefully because, well, you already know them! Bah! Incomplete information is as dangerous as no information at all, if not more!
These are some of the things that I learnt from the play. Have you seen it already? Tell the Brunette what you liked and learned from ‘Blame It On Yashraj’.