Cast Of Characters
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The vultures have a hermaphroditic quality, working the
continuum of masculine-feminine. They smoke cigarettes
occasionally. They instigate, inform, and bait.
Pushpa (Yamuna’s Mother) – loves her children fiercely.
Eager to please the groom’s family; aware of social
expectations; in denial of reality.
Shazia (Muslim Servant) – servant to Yamuna’s family and
best friend of Yamuna. Smart, sassy, shrewd, courageous.
Thinks quick on her feet.
Yamuna (Hindu Bride) – is sexually innocent (at first.)
Confident of her sewing and math skills. Calculating in the
Sardarji (Sikh Tailor) – Family man; sassy.
Veena (Jiwan’s Mother) – smart, demanding, aware of the
social/political situation around her. Wants the best for
Jiwan (Hindu Groom) – playful, gentle, hard working,
Masterji (Muslim Tailor) – married to a Hindu woman. Loyal,
accommodating to the families he’s tailored for many years.
Kundun (Bride’s Hindu brother) – loyal to his family but
confused about the competing needs of different family
members; struggling to find his footing as the patriarch of
Khan Mia (Muslim Neighbor) – Wealthy, land owning patriarch
of the village. Has served as a surrogate father of sorts
to Yamuna and Kundun. Old friend of Yamuna’s father. Is
torn about how far to act on loyalties.
Maqbool (Muslim Sweetmeat maker) – married, working class
man who wants to move up in the world. Feels betrayed by
his sisters’ brutal death and turns on his neighbors.
Pritham (Jiwan’s Father) – loving guide to his son; confused
and scared about what to do with his family in face of the
political situation. Level-headed.
Asif (Masterji’s Apprentice) – Muslim, young, impressionable
man caught up in the perpetration of violence and
Tamana (Sardarji’s servant) – another innocent,
unsuspecting victim of the carnage. Deranged by the time
she appears in the action.