Division street – A laughter ‘riot’?

A scene from Division Street by Mike Muthu

The dawn of social media has changed the way one perceives information. It has indeed given a chance for those ‘changemakers’ to take steps towards a ‘meaningful’ tomorrow. Then again, could such a person truly bid adieu to the cause and resort to a life of four-square-meals, a family, a house and a car? Division Street, directed by Mike Muthu, explores the tale of one such person.

A scene from Division Street

The play, that was presented at the Government Museum Theatre, Egmore on September 23, 2019, depicted the life of a past-revolutionary and the unforeseen circumstances that persuades him to make a comeback in the arena.

The plot

A scene from Division Street

Krish, a 37-year-old former revolutionary, decides to make a fresh start by working as a journalist at a reputed publication in Chennai. However, he fails to report for his first day of work. This was due to an episode of food-poisoning at a restaurant run by a Bangladeshi immigrant. The incident make headlines and Krish’s next-door-neighbour, Mrs Badaranaike, decides to talk to him about it. A former revolutionary, Mrs Badaranaike often recollects the apparent glories of the past. The two of them end up arguing over the same topic. The tables turn when the owner of the restaurant threatens to kill Krish due to the bad publicity for his restaurant. The rest…well, it is a small world!

Familiar, relatable and relevant

A scene from Division Street

The play highlighted the political views of the Indian (aka the common man in India), as well as the struggles of the never ending desire to fight for a better tomorrow. It showcased a society that is inclusive of people with different tales. More importantly, it kept the audiences engaged as it was a quick presentation. The spontaneity of the witty dialogues was truly commendable. There was never a dull moment!

Was it truly a laughter riot?

A scene from Division Street

The storyline appeared predictable by the second half of Act 1. There were many moments during the play that made me wonder – “Was that sentence truly funny?”

The end could have been more captivating.

Then again, to each his own. After all, it takes a lot of patience to appreciate the writing styles of PG Wodehouse, vis-a-vis the screenplay of American Pie.

The photographs were shot using a Nikon D300 with a 24-85mm VR lens