I have been a regular to Shraddha Theatres plays in Tamil for the last many years. Today, they had the first show of their new play “Home Maker” written by Anand Raghav.

Shraddha Homemaker 2019 - (From left) Lady of the house, Grandfather, Husband, Son and Daughter
Shraddha Homemaker 2019 – (From left) Lady of the house, Grandfather, Husband, Son and Daughter

It was about how the woman of the house, the housewife, sacrifices her dreams and plays an important role in the well-being of the family. She cooks, teaches, manages the finance, procures supplies, nurses the sick and much much more. Yet, her role is not appreciated by her own spouse, or respected by her children, for many working in a job and earning is the only sign of success in life. In this play, we see one such housewife, who decides one day and demands she gets paid for her work in the house and gets her husband to sign a contract saying he will pay her half of his earnings, and she shoots a picture of the signing. Unknowingly, she starts a social media phenomena!

The husband made to read and sign an agreement that he will pay 50% of his earnings to the homemaker
The husband made to read and sign an agreement that he will pay 50% of his earnings to the homemaker
The Husband (Arun) explains to his boss why he signed the agreement
The Husband (Arun) explains to his boss why he signed the agreement

The script invoked laugher in many scenes by invoking references to contemporary social happenings (தமிழன்னா இதை வாட்ஸ்-அப்பில் பகிரவும்) and politics (Sri Rahul Gandhi and Hon’ble PM Sri Narendra Modi). The scene where two drunkards try to figure out the meaning of Homemaker and understand it as “OM” (The Hindu religious symbol) was cheap, yet it was well-delivered by the audience.

Unlike the regular works of this genre, “Home Maker” ends on a different (positive) note and not the usual sentimental approach of going back to the routine! Everyone who acted in the play was great, especially the grandfather character and the lead actress, they were superb.

(From top clockwise) The entire family, two drunkards, Grandfather and Granddaughter, and, an Office scene.

The play runs for one more day (24 March 2019, 7 PM) at Narada Gana Sabha, don’t miss it.

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