“City life is millions of people being lonesome together."
- Henry David Thoreau
We live in a day and age where we are closer to people millions of miles away than we are with our next door neighbors. The fast closing gap between financial and social boundaries means we find ourselves sharing walls with people who are living a radically different story than our own.
'Daavikadun Chauthi Building' casts a light on four such stories, written by four different playwrights in their own style and tone, playing out in the same Housing Society, separated by genre; but bound together by one common event - an electrical power outage.
A former child star turned vlogger struggling to stay relevant, a young couple burdened by the looming danger of an accidental pregnancy, two girls whose new lives are colliding with their earlier sense of belonging, and a joint family get-together that goes awry - all of these stories, form an intricate tapestry of sorts.
In a day and age where one finds it easier to stay connected electronically than physically, 'Daavikadun...' lays out these stories in the hope that beneath all the differences, there is a common, human theme that can be explored as one experience. The fact that whatever the extrinsic stimuli and situations and varied backdrops the characters might have, their hopes and fears, about life, the near or distant future, and their reaction to life-changing decisions remains constant.