Roshan Mathew's play mocks at family's bid to keep a divorce under wraps

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Tina, played by Darshana Rajendran, is the only girl child in a family headed by an officious matriarch, her Ammachi played by Kani Kusruthi. She returns home for Easter and breaks the news of her divorce without citing her reasons. Her family tries to dissuade her from taking this step as it would bring down and tarnish their family name in the society. Unable to accept this decision taken by her daughter, Ammachi, with help from rest of the family, comes up with preposterous solutions to exercise some damage control.

Set in a small town in Kerala, "A Very Normal Family" was staged at Mamangam - The School of Dance, Palarivattom, on the weekend.

The play marks the directorial debut of Roshan Mathew, of 'Aanandam' and 'Koode' fame. "I narrated the idea for this in three lines to my friend Francis Thomas, a writer and an advertising professional, who weaved it into a script for the play," said Roshan, who will be next seen in Vinayakan starrer 'Thottappan' slated to hit the theatres on May 5.

The 90-minute play is a dark comedy that throws light on how an orthodox Christian family reacts to a social stigma such as divorce with elements of satire and humour, keeping the audience at the edge of their seats.

This bilingual production, which made its debut at the Mathrubhumi International Festival of Letters in Thiruvananthapuram, boasts of a stellar cast that also includes Divya Prabha, Santhy Balachandran, Rajesh Madhavan, Syamaprakash M S, Sanjay Menon, and Sidharth Varma.

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