‘3 JI,’ offers humour laced with satire
Abbas cultural presents UAA's latest play, ‘3 Ji,’ fields the two opposite characters in an election tussle
United Amateur Artists (UAA)S 67th venture ‘3 JI’ will have humour and substance — a hallmark of UAA. And the humour is always laced with satire. 3 JI is no exception. The story revolves round ‘India Apartments,’ whose tenants are middle-class families. Each flat is named after a State and Kerala is said to be haunted and hence untenanted.
A complex like this is bound to have variety in characters — much like the Sivaji-Vijaya starrer, ‘Bharata Vilas.’ Who can forget the roles of M.R.R. Vasu, VKR, Sukumari and so on? ‘India Apartments’ has a lot to offer too.
Meenakshi, a young arrogant woman, and her henpecked husband dictate terms monopolizing the affairs of the Welfare Association. When the long employed security guard, Damodaran alias Damu, asks for a much due raise, the duo insults him in front of others and send him away. Damu challenges that he will come back and put an end to the dominance of the couple.
Damu surprises the residents a year later, by moving into the haunted apartment. He has bought it. The plot thickens as Damu contests the colony election, the target clearly being Meenakshi and her husband.
His friend cum political aide Manickam, helps him with this. Things hot up as the ghost of Gandhiji appears before Damu and offers to guide him in the colony election. The Mahatma wants to test his principles of Truth and non-violence in this age. This experiment would be an acid test for the entire nation, he feels.
On the other side, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose aligns with Meenakshi. With two ideologically different leaders of yesteryear entering the fray, the campaign becomes fierce and yes, comical.
The results will be announced at 7 p.m. on Sunday the 17th of February 2019 at YGP Auditorium, Inside PSBB School, Thirumalai Road, T. Nagar.
Chitralaya Sriram has written the play, dramatized and directed by Y.Gee. Mahendra, who also leads the cast with all the UAA regulars, including Suppini.
“This is our 66th year at the service of Tamil theatre and ‘3JI’ has something for all age groups. The children, especially will love the ghost element right up their alley,” says YGM.