Pablo Picasso, his paintings and his personal life, have never ceased to intrigue Delhi-based playwright and director Happy Ranajit. a�?I remember reading about him back when I was a student in NSP, Bikaner. His life, his romances, and his paintings always fascinated me. But it was only in 2000 that I ended up writing Genuine Liars, which is inspired by Picasoa��s painting called Bullfight: Death of the Torero (1933) which shows a bullfighter, on top of a horse fighting a bull,a�? reveals Ranajit.
Genuine Liars revolves around relationships a�� two old lovers, a prostitute, and their understanding of love and marriage. It is a well-knit play that explores gender issues from a postmodern angle. The play unfolds in the house of a rich man (Rohit Bahl) who is engaged in a conversation with his wife (Rachittri Gupta) who has bought a painting worth `1 crore. Ranajit plays the third character called Zaheer, a jilted lover, who is in an anguished state of mind after divorcing his wife.
He is a regular at a brothel and seeks solace in a young sex worker called Roma, who uses her sexuality to climb the ladder of success in Bollywood. a�?Though the play has been well-received, there were times when a few were offended as I have showcased the hypocrisy of Indian men,a�? he admits.
Ranajit will also showcase another play called Love Ka Overdose, a satire inspired by William Shakespearea��s A Midsummer Nighta��s Dream. a�?I have changed the storyline a little, and have tried to showcase the obstacles lovers face today in terms of religious obligations and even article 377 but in a comic way. There are four characters in this play called Adam, Eve, Apple and Snake who portray the confusion of lovers,a�? he explains. Incidentally, the second play is part of his upcoming book, Love in The Time of Rainbow. In fact, Genuine Liars too is a story from Ranajit’s published book called Strangers and Liars.