Munia Debleena Tripathi originally designed In Broad Daylight in Bangla as a part of her doctoral research, to be performed in domestic spaces in the city of Kolkata, in order to reach an audience that do not attend the centrally located theatre auditoriums in the city. A wide range of people across class and gender have connected to the play in Kolkata. Munia, who also performs this solo piece, is keen to see how culturally removed audiences receive this play, in its English rendition.
Rekha is a 41-year-old woman. Dropped out of school at 15. Runs a one-woman business selling sarees. With the pandemic and the economic depressions, no wonder it is not going too well.
Husband. Two kids. All little rebellions now in the past. Tame, lacklustre life.
What happens when she starts transgressing (again)? Just the usual! A well revered demigod turns up at Rekha’s doorstep in designer red bordered white saree, modern sleeveless blouse and generously applied traditional sindur, to lure and cajole and threaten Rekha into being a lokkhi meye (good girl) again.