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‘Punjab has turned into land of free flowing liquor’

Visitors to the busy Phase-V market in Mohali witnessed a strange sight on Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Mohali |
January 8, 2009 2:22:23 am

Visitors to the busy Phase-V market in Mohali witnessed a strange sight on Tuesday. A woman was mercilessly beating her drunken husband while the crowd cheered and clapped. Turns out,the two were students of Mad Arts,the film school run by comedian Jaspal Bhatti,enacting a steetplay titled ‘Thekeo Theke’.

Written by Jaspal Bhatti,the play takes a closer look at how Punjab is slowly being submerged by a wave of liquor and drug addiction. The powerful nexus between the police,politicians and smugglers has been explored fully to predict a bleak future for the younger generation.

In a scene,two drunkards sing gaily: “Theke khul gaye ne tha tha te…ghar jake ki karna¿biwi kardi hai ka ka ve…” But the message seems to be lost when we find people staggering from one liquor vend to another.

CEO of Mad Arts,Savita Bhatti,said: the Land of Five Rivers has turned into the ‘Land of Free Flowing Liquor’. “The number of Punjabis entering the Army now is dismally low. The addiction has completely destroyed the younger generation. Winning medals in sports is still a dream,but if an international liquor-drinking competition is held,we could win the title easily,” she said.

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As part of its anti-addiction campaign,the school has resolved to stage at least 52 shows during this year. The play has already been performed in Amritsar,Chandigarh,Jalandhar,Abohar,Ganganagar,Kharar and Barnala. The play was directed by Anoop Sharma,faculty head (Acting) of Mad Arts. The students,who performed in the play,include Bunty,Harsimaran,Rajani,Navdeep,Amrinder,Nachitter and Sahil.

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