What Women Want

When Mumbai-based theatre person Dolly Thakore first staged an adapted version of the controversial play, The Vagina Monologues, in India in 2003, it sparked a heated debate among audiences. The votes were equally divided — people, especially women, either became instant fans, or were repelled by the play. After eight years, Thakore will bring the play to the Capital, staging it at Blue Frog in Mehrauli on November 18.

Written by American playwright Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is a series of monologues by different women characters. They narrate stories about feminine experiences such as menstruation, sexual experiences in childhood, sex workers, et al.

In India, the play has been produced and directed by Mumbai-based Mahabanoo Kotwal and Kaizaad Navroze Kotwal under Poor-Box Productions.

"According to the contract, we are not allowed to change the

script of the play but we have made a few character changes. So instead of the Jewish woman, we have a Parsi woman as one of the characters to fit into the India setting," says Kaizaad.

The cast comprises Thakore, Jayati Bhatia, Sonali Sachdev, Avantika Akerkar and Mahabanoo. "Due to financial and logistical reasons, we have not had a ticketed performance in Delhi for several years. We do come here for private shows though," says Kaizaad. So, here's a chance to catch up with one of the most academically dissected plays in modern times.

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