Two people... Journey... that clusive joy... the moments in it.
'Muskaan' is the journey of two individuals, Chitra (in her 40's) and Vish (in his late 20's)… both living with H.I.V. Chitra from an inconspicuous middle class home… a cog in the wheel in a joint family… an innocent, victim of circumstances, sees her life as a dead end.. her only recourse is her ashram. Vish, intrinsically, an optimistic individual is a fighter and believes in the 'Lightness of being'. They meet through a chance meeting in a bus and strike a chord… sharing their philosophies, their angst, their fears and capturing moments of that 'elusive' joy, and realising how crucial this joy is for living.
The play shifts gear back and forth between the friendship that these two share and the reality of 'Muskaan' which is also a care home for those living with H.I.V. Here we get a perspective on the world of so many.. the sex workers, the hijras, the whispering rumour monger, the doctor… and others.
'Muskaan' is a combination of the reality of human emotions with hard facts. It is based on true stories. It is based on the lives of so many who let me into theirs.. It is based on what those living with H.I.V. wish to tell you. One of its most poignant messages is this - 'Life is a gift and must be lived'…
There are two actors in this play.