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Absurd situations



Sometimes amusing, sometimes silly ... a scene from "Oho".

ADVERTISED AS a full-length comedy play, Hari Giri Theatres' "Oho", offers mindless laughs. It has a couple of hilarious portions andthat's it.

The story, dialogue and dramatisation are by Bosskey and the play is directed by T.R. Balu. "Oho" is having a run at present on the sabha circuit in the city.

The plot of a play titled "Oho", as can be expected, is paper-thin.

The parents of a college student have very decided ideas about his marriage. While the father (T. D. Balu) an eccentric psychiatrist is convinced that an arranged marriage is not the best route to happiness, the mother (Chitra) wishes her only son (Satish) to go in for one.

The father encourages the youth, who is rather daft and what's not so funny, lisps as well, to make overtures of friendship to a girl (Anusha) he meets at the bus stand. Her brothers (Sridhar and Sekhar), recent migrants to the city, guard her ferociously, in "Chinna Thambi" style.

The couple's tenant, an unemployed bachelor (Bosskey) has his own contribution to make to the courtship melee. The girl loses her voice suddenly which adds another shade of absurdity to the situation. Things are finally sorted out — to the satisfaction of the playwright at least while the viewer watches slightly amused or outraged by the silliness depending on the situation.

The play is about people at cross-purposes. The writer indulges in such a quibbling on words that it is repetitive and tiresome.

The TV programmes in the play conducted by Bosskey are quite funny and satirical with Bosskey enacting the absurd portions with conviction and talent. Gopi the cook did not let his accent drop. The play like many others of its genre on the mainstream Tamil stage seemed to have been spun as the writer and director went along.

While the `humour' was entertaining or inane depending on the scene, Bosskey's wardrobe was positively frightful throughout in its loudness. The songs introduced from time to time did nothing to enhance the play. Suddenly waking up to the need for a message at the end, the writer points out how important it is for parents to understand their children.

"Oho" had nothing vulgar about it in terms of double entendre. Those not exacting in their standard of humour may find "Oho" worth a visit. For others, it can be given a definite miss.

KAUSALYA SANTHANAM

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