Charlie And The Tin Can

Drama | English, Hindi | 2hrs


When a quirky and eccentric man with an unpronounceable name arrives at Hindustani Antarrashtriya Hawai Adda (HAHA), he is stopped at immigration and is forbidden entry to India. Unable to communicate in a language other than his own, he is somehow explained by the immigration chief that while he was in the air, his rather peaceful country Gibberadonia suddenly witnessed a mutiny and a civil war broke out, leading to the dissolution of the government and closing of all international borders and airports. Shocked and most certainly disheartened, the man is also informed that his nationality and passport are now invalid and that till the war cools down, the government is once again re-established and a fresh passport is issued, he has to stay at the terminal. Left with no choice, this Gibberadonian has to make HAHA his home for an indefinite period of time till news arrives from his homeland. With limited resources, a huge language barrier and no one to help, he somehow manages to befriend some people at the terminal during his stay. Some regulars who work at the terminal and some frequent fliers who meet him from time-to-time, form rather unconventional bonds with him and help him survive at the terminal, while few others find him suspicious and downright annoying and want him out of the terminal as soon as possible. Soon, the man discovers that all these new friends he made have something in common; they are all going through tempestuous times and are dealing with their own demons and pain. There's one more thing all these people have in common - their mounting interest in the tin can that this foreign man is always seen carrying in his hand, at all times. What could it be? What could possibly be inside the can that is so valuable to him that he does not ever part with it? What happens when the can is finally opened?

Loosely based on some of the events in the life of Mehran Nassiri and inspired by the movie ‘The Terminal’, the play offers a homage to Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, who inspired millions across the world through his films, humor and ideologies. The play also attempts at depicting life in modern day India with much honesty and sincerity, occasionally questioning the effects of urban living and ever-evolving definitions of society on everyday human relationships.


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