Last Friday, 18 March, the theatre group of Center for French and Francophone Studies (CFFS) presented its fourth play, “Bon Appétit”. Julie David directed the piece, which starred twenty CFFS students from B.A., M.A., and M.Phil. The audience of over 100 people included the Ambassador of Belgium as well as many JNUites in CFFS.
The creative storyline revolved around engagements with food. Many of the scenes were inspired by the ways that people eat in various situations such as marriage, birth, death, and parties. The play also made subtly commentaries on contemporary debates about consumption like the use of pesticides and the branding of healthiness, addressing the current state of food politics in the country.
The play was staged on the lawn between the School of Arts and Aesthetics and the School of Biotechnology, a short distance from the contentious screening of Anupam Kher’s latest film in which the actor was present. In spite of the noise from the event’s incessant sloganeering, the actors continued their performance with total composure and enjoyed the audience’s undivided attention.
Gargi Binju is an MA student in CFFS and works for The Informer.
Photos contributed by Popi Miyondri, an MA student in CFFS.