CRUCIFIXION is basically the unveiling of politicians of various shapes, sizes and hues. The only difference is that instead of nails the author uses questions.
In the interviews, paper tiger politicians come out as they are rustling instead of roaring.
Some of them are outrageously controversial like the Shahi Imam's emphatic.... "Hindus have no religion a Muslim is a Muslim first...."
Choudhary Charan Singh's sitting was marked by his daughter transforming herself into punctuation marks till a question about the grand-daughter led to a 'ceremonial' parting of ways between the interviewer and the interviewee.
Marxist firebrand Jyotirmoy Bosu, known for his 'boxwala' chivalry was incensed when asked about how being a Marxist he was living on the surplus value of his employees working in his hotel in South Calcutta.
Bachelor Vajpayee and lately married George Fernandes were suave, sophisticated and answered personal questions with a grace which politicians seem to lack.
The questions cover everything from politics to personal pieccadelloes, religion and rhetoric, mother and son relationships and the effect on the 'uncles'.
CRUCIFIXION is an absolutely new peep into India's political jungle where the actors confuse their lines and blurt out things which should never have been said on stage.
Miss Kumkum Chadha, known for her investigative reporting and interviews, is currently working with the Hindustan Times' Weekend Review.