The second floor at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, where Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, has been hospitalized for several days now, has acquired unparalleled mystique. Put Chutney's "Ammallo's Kitchen", a satirical take on the situation, dares to speak what's on everyone's mind in the state.
In the video, a frustrated person asks a "chef", when on earth the "dish" that he's cooking will be ready. Outside, there are people eating "mann soru" (rice served on the ground - a form of worship), he says. The "chef" peers into the closed dish and says "It's stable" and adds that "treatment is going on".
While everybody claims to have a 'source' at Apollo who knows what exactly is happening, nobody actually knows the truth. With prominent leaders from various parties attempting to visit the ailing CM and failing, the routine health bulletins from Apollo have started sounding comic to the public despite the grave nature of the situation. Rumour mills continue to grind ceaselessly, even as cases are registered against those who are spreading fake news about Jayalalithaa's health on social media. The folks at Put Chutney have stuck their necks out for this one, sparing nobody in the process.
From DMK Chief Karunanidhi, who has been demanding "proof" that Amma is still alive and conscious, to the doctors who go on about vague "treatments", the video covers it all with plenty of cheekiness. The rumour-mongers get a kick in the shin too. Not sure how the devoted AIADMK cadre will react to the analogy of the secret dish to Amma's hospitalization, and given that the government has historically shown very little tolerance to criticism, it remains to be seen if this video will escape their wrath.