'Guy in the Sky': A Timely Satire On India's Current Political Climate

Official Poster of 'Guy in the Sky'
Official Poster of 'Guy in the Sky'

'Guy in the Sky' is not just a satire on India's current political climate but is also a careful examination of the modern middle-class couple that highlights the superficial value system they adhere to.

The husband gets back to his work but is unable to concentrate because of the loud noises coming from outside. Apparently, the source of the noise is a programme organised in honour of the same Netaji against whom his wife is organising the protest march. Along with loud bhajans, we get to hear a voice on the loudspeaker constantly humming jingles in Netaji's honour with lyrics such as, "ABCDEFG... NETAJI NETAJI... 2G 3G 4G... NETAJI NETAJI."

Dealing with a subject material such as this is akin to walking on thin ice but Mishra has packaged it so cleverly that the mockery is subtle.

Soon an uninvited guest enters the picture, taking the couple's life by storm. Certain developments take place and the wife, to her great shock, ends up learning that her husband is actually a great admirer of Netaji. Guy in the Sky is not just a satire on India's current political climate but is also a careful examination of the modern middle-class couple that highlights the superficial value system they adhere to and the materialistic pursuits they chase. It is also a reminder of our alarming over-dependence on social media.

A version of this review was first published in A Potpourri of Vestiges.