Kalo Choshma : Synopsis



Fotik Lal Mitra: Late 50’s he is our hero. A battling struggling journeyman. His life is a constant struggle. Nagged by wife, ignored by children, ridicules by friends and terrorised by boss.

Fotik Lal’s Wife Karabi Lata Mitra: Bossy boots socialite she takes great pleasure in showing Fotik who wears the pants in the family.

Rosy Mitra: Fotiks daughter (Mid 20s) Young and upwardly mobile. Has a fiance called Ronny.

Indranil Mitra: Fotiks son (Late teens) College student. A bit of a delinquent.  More interested in theatre than studies.

Baby Mitra: (Pre Teen) She is still undamaged in this dysfunctional family. Fotik is her hero.

Ronny ;  (Mid 30s) Rosy’s fiance and entrepreneur. Runs his own business.

Sadhan Babu: Office Colleague  50 years old or thereabouts. Cunning crafty and scheming.

Pakrashi : Office colleague mid 30s. Stupid and follows Sadhan Babu against Fotik.

Miss Sheila: Office Secretary and all round hotty. She plays all the males in the workplace but may be having a little something going on with the boss. She despises Fotik Lal whom she considers a weak idiot.

Mr Meghraj Verma: (50s) Ooh this is one scary heavy dude. The boss from hell. A big bully. His main job is to terrorize his office staff especially Fotik Lal and flirt shamelessly with Miss Sheila.

Kapadia : Dodgy Marwari businessman.

Miss Lulu:  Dancer at the Risky Business  night club. Accompanies by 2 others.

Night Club Guests and staff: 4- 6 people at the night club drinking and dancing. Mixed male female.

Chashma Baba: Any age. Mystery stranger who gives Fotik Lal the Kaalo Chasma and changes his life.

The Loser: In his 30’s he is just like Fotik except younger. Weak and bullied by everyone. He gets the glasses in the end of the play.

The Drunkards (3): These are the losers friends who ditch him. Can double up the night club guests.

Scene 1

A morning in the house shows a hen pecked husband  who is constantly harrassed and stressed with life pressures. The romance has left his life and it is a daily graft. Somehow dodging the insults and barbs from his wife children etc he leaves for his clerical job.

Scene 2

Unfortunately life at the office is no better.  His colleagues are scheming against him and his boss is a bully. Calls him into his office and gives him a royal grilling. His colleagues decide to get him into more trouble by getting him drunk.  They take him out for a drinking session.

Scene 3

Its a night club. The music is live. The atmosphere is throbbing. Our hero is being plied drinks and getting drunk. He makes a complete idiot of himself. The get kicked out of the nightclub. His friends ditch him.  A strange man is watching him. He gives him a pair of dark glasses …The strange man dissapears. Our hero staggers of home. No doubt to more abuse at home waiting for him. .

Scene 4

The next morning starts just like any other. He finds the kaalo chosma in his pocket. He tries it on. His perspective on life changes.  He sees the real motivation  behind every action. Not only that he responds with total truthful inner feeling to every situation.  Wife and kids are flummoxed.  He realises his family has become dysfunctional and comes up with a plan to rectify the situation. It will need everyone to work together.

Scene 5

The office is exactly the same. Its groundhog day except this time he has a repartee for every taunt. His colleagues are in awe. The family pulls off the scam. First using Karabi and Rosy posing as disgruntled customer and journalist.  They are followed by Ronny and Indy posing as CID anti fraud officers. In the middle Fotik spreading chaos and confusion.  The scam artists leave with the loot. Verma has to be taken to the hospital in ambulance.

Scene 6

They are revelling in their victory. Plans are being made for the future. Daughters marriage. Son in laws business. Overseas holidays etc etc. Everyone is congratulating each other. They are one happy successful family. Fotik is the big boss captain of the. Little daughter asks if the maths problem is solved.  Fotik struggles to find the answer. Daughter says her bit.  The moral of the story is revealed in the wisdom and innocence  of the child. Fotik steps out in the street.  He sees a group of drunks abandon their mate.

Fotik gives away the glasses.




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