Vikram Phukan’s new play “Those Left Behind Things” opened in Mumbai at Cuckoo Club, Bandra, yesterday evening. It is an intense, minimalist expression of the raw angst of queer refugees, in their quest for the gay meccas of the West.
Actor Gandharv Dewan’s limpid eyes hold a sea of memories. The faded fragrance, like crushed flowers in a Hafez book, of exchanged glances with the carefree young lads of Shiraz, cannot be found in the gym-inflated fleshy muscles of gay ghettos in the West, akin to giant genetically modified sunflowers that, much as they try to imitate the sun, end up ironically casting a blighted shadow of their own identity that they cannot escape. Rushab Kamdar, bathed in blue light conveying the experience of drowning in the Mediterranean, only to be washed ashore like the iconic picture of
Phukan’s direction is reminiscent of the free-verse authenticity of Gulzar’s song “Mera
Sachin is the former Hindi-language editor of Gaylaxy Magazine.
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