Dr. Smita Mishra

Amity University, Noida

India

 

   The purpose of this research paper is to study the mockery of the current political set up of the country as depicted in the play Damn You Fate (Hatt Teri Kismat). Vijay Tendulkar’s plays diagnose the contemporary socio-political reality with unflinching integrity. Damn You Fate is a ruthless defiance against the dirty power games. In this play the characters are type characters representing a certain class. That’s why they have not been named. They have been given algebraical identification, simply ‘A’ & ‘B’ and a crowd of unspecified people. ‘A’ & ‘B’ represent two classes, the submissive lower class and the calculating shrewd politicians. This story has two characters; a corrupted chief minister and a common man. The two meet incidentally and start discussing their personalities. The climax of the story occurs when the corrupted chief minister finds an angry mob approaching him in order to kill him. Fearing for his life the frightened chief minister decides to swap clothes with the common man to save himself from the mob. Unfortunately, whilst swapping clothes their faces also get changed. The story, filled with succeeding surprises and twists, continues hereafter. These characters are not entangled in any extra ordinary contexts or situations but explore the realities of life around us, as they are inevitably settled in contemporary social and political environment.

Damn You Fate: A Sharp Parody of The Indian Government Machinery

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