The play 'Namaste' focuses on the New World, where barriers are shrinking and where traditions, values and religion are struggling to keep up with a new generation which is undecided on the path it must follow. Inevitably, this leads to a conflict between the old and the emerging 'New'.
A thought provoking hilarious family comedy
with a great message, suitable for all ages above 6 years.
A young boy Mohan, living in America comes to meet his parents in India along with his live-in girlfriend Porky, whom he has renamed Krishna, to seek his parent's blessings and permission to marry her. The play opens in an aircraft, where Mohan is giving the last lessons of Hindi and Indian culture to his girlfriend, in the hope that this will go a long way in his parents' acceptance of her, an Indian girl brought up with American values. It is Janamaashtami, and his parents are celebrating the festival
with their usual fervor. But Mohan's plans misfire when his girlfriend Krishna, not being comfortable in her fake identity, is not able to play up to his parents.
The conflict starts and the house turns into a battlefield. Each one wants his point of view and beliefs to be accepted. In the end the situation is resolved through a severely mentally challenged character, Sohan, the younger son of the family. In what appears to be a miracle, he suddenly starts speaking as a normal human being and challenging their very beliefs, thus forcing all the characters to introspect and look at life with a different perspective. The play deals with the conflict of old and new ideas and values, belief about the existence of God and how this conflict can be resolved through a process of understanding each other and finding a middle path.
Ila Arun's superb script and an equally superb direction by KK Raina, makes this one of the must-see productions of this year.