Coming face to face with some difficult questions

Coming face to face with some difficult questions

There were hardly a pair of eyes that were not moist while watching a poignant play that helped one connect with their inner selves and gave courage to pose some difficult questions.

'The Woman in Me' brings one face to face with the questions we are afraid to ask ourselves. Loosely based on the concept that there is a man in every woman and vice a versa, the play attempts to bring our attention to the inner self that needs love and respect.

The play begins with a man who represents a husband standing in front of the mirror in his bathroom looking and interacting with his deceased who continues to live in him through his inner thoughts. The play depicts the woman in him that represents his wife asking to be loved, to be respected and valued as a person which she failed to receive from the husband. The husband feels love is ownership and a sense of possession, failing to realise it is the little moments of joy, romance, fights and the freedom to be oneself .

The woman in him confronts him on the questions he has been running away from all his life. She questions his ego and why can't he love and respect her as a person for what she is.

The poignant drama unravels in the bathroom with silhouettes of shocking events playing in the background.

The play brings to light the way a woman is portrayed in the patriarchal society that objectifies women and considers her to be an object to be owned. The play ends on a tragic note as the man acknowledges his love for his wife long after she is gone.

Pawan Kumar, the director of the play, portrays the woman brilliantly. The troubled husband played by Salmin Sheriff proves his mettle and succeeds in striking a chord with the audience.

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