This famous quote by John Maxwell Taylor, “Inside every man there is potential woman and inside every woman resides a potential man,” is what this artistic endeavour delves in. Society rules dictate that what a man does is important, and the things that a woman does is not that important. The Woman in Me explores a relationship between a husband and a wife.
Pawan Kumar, a writer the main lead characters says, “The theme revolves around the question that a man generally would have ignored. A man is asked a question by a woman, but the twist lies in the fact that the woman is none other than the man’s conscious. The man then attempts to reply, and realises his folly.” The way the play is portrayed is very tricky. Explaining further, Pawan says, “The story starts with a conversation between a man and his wife. It then explores what happens to the wife and how the man comes to terms with the incident.” Through this process, the man’s behaviour is explored, and also how it affects the woman. The story was originally written in the year 2007. Selecting such a theme, according Pawan was because, “At that time, there was a very big rape case that happened involving a city-based call centre employee and it was also the first time the media spoke about it a lot. I had a lot of my women friends sharing their experiences about what women go through.”
Salmin Sheriff who plays the role of Rajeev, the husband, says, “This play speaks about how we take relationships for granted, especially when we have an attitude that whatever a woman does it not a big deal but it’s the opposite for a man.” The first act is about a relationship and the second act is when the man questions his actions. The audience has appreciated the play. “The audience felt that the play was relevant to modern times, keeping in mind there are plenty of women out there in Bengaluru and other cities in India who have gone through similar experiences".