IHC Theatre Festival 2023 Curtain Raiser. Tumhaare Baare Mein (Hindi /75 Mins) . Imagine going to a cafe and meeting your past and future selves over a cup of coffee. The play explores themes of relationships, voids, fulfilment, and fantasies. The characters are driven by their deepest desires. As they navigate the complexities of their relationships, they grapple with the voids that exist within them and the fantasies that they create to fill those gaps.
Tumhaare Baare Mein is set in a café, with six chairs and a screen where a few moments are seen in shadow play; in this space, three couples at various stages of their relationship are meeting—one pair has just connected on a dating site, the other two are experiencing the strains caused by their differences. There is much discussion on the preference for hot or cold coffee and changing tastes, as though a romantic connection or distancing, as the case may be, is based on tiny choices.
Not much really ‘happens’ for most of the play, but there is a whimsical quality to the interactions between the couples.