BWW Interview: PLAYWRIGHT R S RAGHU On His Plays Men, Sex And Dhoka And Revised Kamasutra
Delhi based theatre director, writer and actor R.S. Raghu knew when he was naming his most recent play, 'Men, Sex and Dhoka,' that the title would intrigue audience.
But he knew it will also help pulling the audiences to watch a story very relevant to love in the current times.
In a very honest and candid interview, director RS Raghu talks to BWW everything about why sex sells and why provocation to deliver an important message may not be bad thing.
BWW: Was it intentional when you chose Men, Sex and Dhoka as the title of your play. Did you want it to be provocative?
Raghu: Well, to be honest, I wanted a title which would attract audience. And what better way than using something as provocative as 'sex' in the title.
BWW: That's a very honest answer. But was it essential to have sex to justify the plot too?
Raghu: Yes, as the characters too keep having sex with each other and the plot follows how this impacts them and their life. Also, as the writer of the play, I wanted the title to do justice to the story and hence, Men, Sex and Dhoka.
BWW: Tell us about your earlier play, Revised Kamasutra?
Raghu: Revised Kamasutra is a play based on the character who aspires to be an IAS. During his quest for power, the story charts how he seeks sex too and where all during this search his journey takes him. I play the part of this character's father.
BWW: A lot of your plays have sex as the subject
Raghu: Well, sex sells and is hardly talked about in our society and is still treated as a taboo. Although it is a basic process of life and I personally believe it should be more talked about and education about sex should be given from a younger age.
BWW: What would you say about the current theatre scene in India?
Raghu: It is losing its shine because everyone wants entertainment at ease for which they have options such as Netflix, Amazon Prime etc. But I am trying to bring in entertainment as never seen before through my plays by exploring newer subjects. Because no matter what but no one can beat the magic of a live performance.
BWW: Talk to us about your future projects
Raghu: I'll be staging one of the plays called, Pyar Ek Dhoka Hai. I am also writing a play called, 'Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai.' I write plays on contemporary issues and topics which catch the eye and mind of young generation.