Chaar Kahaniyan – a series of short stories written and performed by Harsh Agarwal; are stories of everyday queer people that the society doesnâ€™t get to know about. Although fictitious, the characters seem to be crafted in a way that they are easily believable; and so are their stories.
The Chaar Kahaniyan:
Performed in the empty Ravindra Bhavan in Goa, the four stories bring together a cocktail of emotions. While Chaandi Ke Barak makes you feel appalled of Neeruâ€™s choice of being married and exploring her sexuality, Do Shabd makes you angry on Rohitâ€™s suicide; and the lies told by his family about his sexuality. At the same time Biwi-Begum makes you applaud for Richaâ€™s courage to be her own self; and not just remain a wife. Game Over, slightly ahead of its time introduces cuckolding something that hasnâ€™t been able to break away from the erotica writing circles.
Right from the creator’s heart:
As a narrator, Agarwal definitely does justice to his stories. Particularly from a point of view that he faced the camera for the first time. However, his performance could have surely benefitted from some more practice. However, being a queer person himself, his stories are not completely inclusive. It would have been valuable to see a story focused on a trans character. Not only that, his stories are evidently the stories of Indian middle class; and they fail to diversity in terms of class and caste. It almost feels these are the stories of the bubble the creator lives in.
That being said, the overall concept and delivery deserves appreciation. We hope to see more from him as a writer and as a narrator and look forward to the stories which will vivid not just in expression but also with the characters and their backgrounds that he brings forwards.
Click here to experience these Chaar Kahaniyan.