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When an average common man goes to a pub for a drink, he meets someone quite the opposite — debonair, well-spoken and witty — someone who calls himself God. As they sit together, a profound discussion on issues that plague mankind or mysteries of the world is expected to be discussed. However, what follows is an absolute laugh riot in When God Said Cheers, a play directed by Cyrus F Dastur. In its10th year now, the play was adapted by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap in 2003 from a script written by a student in the US. "When I read the script, I went to Anurag with the proposal of a play reading. He suggested that we develop it into a play," says Dastur. The Hindi play is being staged in Delhi after seven years.
Dastur plays the role of a common man in the play while veteran actor Tom Alter plays God and Vikrant Sakhalkar and Auxilia Sequeirra act as cafe owner and singer, respectively. In its first year, Kashyap used to act too, but after a year, Alter was brought on board. "It's not some bedroom or slapstick comedy. It's intelligent and profound — makes one laugh, but at the same time allows one to think about life and society," says Dastur. The 60-minute conversation moves from World War II to the basis of God's existence and the unhappiness of the common man. "The play's common man asks questions that any of us would want to," explains the director.
The play will be staged today at 12.30 pm at Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Chattarpur. Entry is by invitation