A Dalit student’s suicide shakes up a college in Zee5 web series ‘Sex Drugs & Theatre’

The title of Zee5’s new Marathi web series Sex Drugs Theatre is misleading. The focus is neither on coitus nor cannabis, but on something far more contentious: caste politics.

The series is set in a Pune college and follows a theatre group’s attempts to pick up the pieces after its director, a Dalit student and activist, commits suicide. The students also try to figure out what drove Rohit Kolekar to take his life, uncovering discrimination by the college management. There are strong parallels with the suicide of Hyderabad University PhD student Rohith Vemula, and the show was partly inspired by the Dalit scholar’s story, series director Sujay S Dahake told Scroll.in.

The title was a ploy to get youngsters to watch the show, Dahake admitted. “I wanted to make a political series. My inclination has always been towards how politics and cinema can merge,” he said. “But how do

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