Gaayab Geet

Synopsis

In an upper middle class society of a metro city, a group of 6 children between the ages 12 to 14 go to a police station to file a complaint. The complaint is about their friend Geet, who is missing. The inspector is surprised and suspicious to see just this bunch of kids coming to file it. As they start talking, his suspicion grows but his concern and intrigue grows too. He sends them back and asks them to come the next day. He firmly believes that it is a hoax but he is genuinely concerned and so doesn’t write it off. To his utter surprise, his own daughter, who is of the same age, confirms the incidence that Geet is missing since yesterday.

As the play progresses, we see the inspector individually conducting interrogations of each child. The description given by each of the children differs tremendously. They are all talking about different people. Needless to say, he realizes that Geet is not a real boy but the inner voice of those kids which is lost and suppressed due to the diminishing communication between them and their parents. Each child has his or her own suppressed anxieties, anguishes, insecurities, desires and complexes. They are neither being able to cope with them nor can they share it with their parents. Parents on the other hand, are as confused as the children as they are not sure how to deal with these adolescents. This huge gap between the two generations has manifested in the form of Missing Geet.

The inspector, who is himself a confused single parent slowly opens them up and makes the parents aware of the need to start a communication with their children. At the same time, he catches the children in their own trap and makes them realize that no matter what the reason is, fiddling with law can never been forgiven. They realize their mistake and apologize. He tells them to learn and take responsibilities. He makes them understand that the life that stands in front of them is going to offer them bigger and more difficult challenges. They have to gain strength and face life head held high.
The play is a musical, set up in a non linear and abstract form.

Director’s note

The ‘early teen’ is always a very tender and confused stage in the process of growing up. You are no more a child and yet not an adult. The physiological changes are at their peak during the puberty and it makes the child extremely vulnerable and confused. The child wants to move out of the secured emotional shell of the parents and yet is extremely scared to do so. One is not sure what to expect from the people and society in general. The realization of his or her own sexuality starts at this age. There is a tremendous pressure exerted by parents and society. At the same time, the child starts his own social life, realizes his own dreams and desires but may not always know how to handle them. All these factors lead to extreme confusion and insecurities.
The parents on the other hand are mostly equally confused. They don’t know how to treat the child. Sometimes they feel he is still a little child and sometimes they expect him to be understanding, mature and responsible. The children become so touchy and aloof that the parents don’t find a way to connect with them. I feel this is a very tricky and yet a dynamic stage of child’s growing period. We, as teachers, parents and creators empathize a lot with young children and even more with adults. But this stage being very confusing and tricky, not much is said or created for those children. I have tried to give a collage of various basic issues faced by children of this age. The attempt is to understand those issues and portray them in an entertaining manner. It is as important for the parents as it is for the children of the target age group.

Vibhawari Deshpande.