Love her or hate her but you definitely cannot live without her. House helps or as we call them kaamwali bais or moushis form an integral part of our lives. Our domestic help comes to the rescue when we struggle to find the perfect work-home balance. They manage their own homes and help us handle ours. They form a bitter-sweet relationship with us while carrying on with the troubles in their personal lives.
Sakubai captures all of this and some more. Veteran actor Sarita Joshi plays the protagonist in this Marathi solo play by playwright Nadira Babbar. She works for the Kapoor family and seems to be generally happy. She sings and dances while sweeping floors and working in the kitchen. In her typical Marathi accent, she narrates the story of her life.
As the play progresses, we get to know the ordeals in Sakubai’s life. A good-for-nothing husband, an incomplete education and a rape; she has been through a lot. The incidences she talks about reflect the double standards of privileged society. However, despite her struggles, Sakubai wants to celebrate life.