Pooja Sehgal Batta Theatre in their quest to bring quality theatrical presentations for the audience in Delhi NCR presents Merry Go Round Entertainment’s The Proposal in Punjabi
Based on Anton Chekhov’s hit play “The Proposal” this Punjabi adaptation explores the same Chekhov’s plot but with a lot of Punjabi tadka. This is a first such adaptation of this classic play, directed by Srishti Chhabra. The adaptation is conceptualized by Saurav Padhi and the Punjabi translation has been penned down by Jagdip Singh. Adding to the flavour, this play also features a popular, but withering, traditional Comic Stand Up Art - “Punjabi Phands” in a bit contemporary avatar – a comic and lyrical way. Lyrics penned down by Jagdip Singh & Rishabh Tripathi.
Someone once said..marriage is an adventure-like going to war..
How different can a proposal be then?
Confusions & chaos prevail when the innocent Veeraji is cleverly steered by his man friday Sonu to ask for his neighbour’s daughter’s hand for marriage. Little does Veeraji know about Sonu’s own love interest Dulari-the domestic help at the neighbour’s!
Buoyed by the Sonu’s encouraging words, Veeraji proceeds with Sonu to the neighbour Jaman Singh’s home to initiate the discussion.
After having misunderstood Veeraji’s intentions, the neighbour Jaman Singh initially refuses to give away what is considered to be his prized possession. This however is settled soon and the happy go lucky Jaman Singh is only happier to agree to the alliance & calls out for his daughter Nimmo-the most dutiful, obedient, gentle natured & reticent girl- in Jaman Singh’s words.
In comes Nimmo and out goes the illusion of this being an easy negotiation, for Nimmo is a stark contrast of her sugar-coated image created by both Sonu & Jaman Singh to entice the would be groom!
Nonetheless, the undeterred Veeraji(now left alone in the room for a friendly chat with Nimmo)begins a polite conversation, touching upon the proximities of their respective families and inadvertently brings up the reference of a piece of land-and thus battle lines are drawn as the ownership of the land is claimed by both!
While Veeraji summoning all his courage & self respect is trying to stand his ground about his claim, the arguments against it become louder with the entry of Jaman Singh who is initially only too eager to celebrate the intended proposal.
After a generous dose of verbal assault Veeraji is unceremoniously shown the door by Nimmo. She however soon learns about the key intention behind Veeraji’s visit;and the practical implications of the proposed match- make her eager to have Veeraji back and instructs Jaman Singh to arrange for the same.
Will Veeraji be back for a fresh start at his attempts to woo Nimmo? Or will the tables turn this time? Will Jaman Singh finally get to celebrate the evening? What will happen to Sonu & Dulari?