Dattani Critical Analysis

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Dattani makes the reader reflect on the conflict between man and destiny and will and tradition. The focus is on the struggle of man against man and society and man. Man’s growing disillusionment with the world and society is reflected. The struggle among the people, conflict internal and external, conflict social and psychological, conflict between individual and society and conflict in the community are graphically portrayed.
Dattani focuss on contemporary society and reality in the fast changing world. He is a “playwright on contemporary urban India and his plays are topical dramas. The questions he addresses in his plays are those of gender, sex, religion, communal tension, feminine identity, same-sex marriage, and above all, gay and lesbian relationship. Hence, his plays appear to be revolting, sometimes, outrageous” (Das 4).
It is most appropriate to recall the Sahitya Akademi award citation in this context. To quote, “Dattani’s work probes tangled attitudes in contemporary India towards communal differences, consumerism and gender . . . a brilliant contribution to Indian drama in English” (Jain 5484).
The queer characters representing both the gays and lesbians of urban middle class India undergo a tortuous journey of victimization due to
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Character-contrasts work well. He is able to delve deep into the unconscious levels of community thinking and brings a lot of objectivity and balance to his analysis of the problems that bedevil us. (Sharma) Angeli Multani’s tribute to Dattani’s craft for using the language of his characters is noteworthy. To quote, “Looking at the history of Indian drama in English, Mahesh Dattani stands out as perhaps the one of very few (if not the only),and certainly, one of the most commercially successful Indian English playwrights” (Multani 12). Dattani’s theatrical art is characterized by a fine combination of ‘feeling and form’. No wonder he has emerged as the dramatist of the international

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