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Video: Student work: 'Dial "M" for Marriage'


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Princeton South Asian Theatrics will present a new original play Dec. 3 and 4 in Frist Campus Center theater. Read more.


Video Closed Captions

[music]

Myra Gupta:
The title of this play is "Dial 'M' for Marriage: A Murder at an Indian Wedding." And it's actually

Myra Gupta:
PSAT's first forage into the murder mystery genre because we read this news article about

Myra Gupta:
a murder at an Indian wedding over the summer and we thought, "Hey, that'd be a great idea

Anjali Bisaria:
for a play!"

Anjali Bisaria:
PSAT is the nation's first and oldest South Asian acting group. We were founded in 1999

Anjali Bisaria:
by grad students at Princeton along with some undergrads. And since then we've been putting

Anjali Bisaria:
on original plays. We write two original plays every year.

Myra Gupta:
We're one of the only theater groups that actually does that.

Anjali Bisaria:
We focus on South Asian culture and heritage and the shared experience of Indians and South

Anjali Bisaria:
Asians in both the states and in India.

Myra Gupta:
And usually through the lens of humor because these issues can get a little heavy sometimes

Myra Gupta:
and we like to take a comedic approach to it.

PJ Das:
There's absolute pandemonium in this house. I can't stand it a minute longer.

Myra Gupta:
Right after the bride, Amita, has found that the pandit has been murdered at the pooja before the wedding,

Myra Gupta:
she's getting ready for bed, and she's also expressing some of her

Myra Gupta:
nervousness about getting married and of course the fact that someone was murdered at her

Myra Gupta:
wedding to her sister, and her maid is helping her tweeze her eyebrows because she

Myra Gupta:
wants to make sure everything is ready for the wedding.

Shloka Mehta:
So, Amita, I guess the big question here is: Are you still getting married in two days?

Rachita Jain:
Of course I am. At least, I think so. I'm not sure how things will work out from here on...

Rachita Jain:
Nobody has ever been murdered at my wedding before... OUCH! Bai, that hurt!

:
Arrey, Beti, your eyebrows are a jungle! Deforestation is not without pain!

Anjali Bisaria:
What's great about a murder mystery is, at a wedding, is that we actually get to incorporate

Anjali Bisaria:
a lot of different aspects of South Asian culture that we don't normally get to, like:

Anjali Bisaria:
large families, ridiculous food, ridiculous parties, all those kinds of things ...

Myra Gupta:
... crazy relatives, over-the-top accents, all of that fun stuff.

Anjali Bisaria:
All of those things that are quintessential to a wedding, and we can really

Anjali Bisaria:
bring that together.

:
So first, we will cleanse your aura and remove the essence of the murder. Animbu pani swati om shanti nami nazar ...

Shloka Mehta:
This is going to be a great success!

Myra Gupta:
I'm really glad this is on film. We love each other in PSAT! We love each other!

Myra Gupta:
This is embarrassing.

Anjali Bisaria:
Haha. This is actually on film? Haha.

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