Comedy plays seem to be the flavour in the national capital this April with a number of rib-tickling shows lined up for the weekends.
The Pierrot’s Troupe will stage its comedies like Massage, 1947 and Ghalib in New Delhi in the next two weekends.
Writer-director of the Pierrot's Troupe, M Sayeed Alam, says there is no particular reason for the series of comedy plays selected for this summer.
"There is no any such reason. We have been doing these plays since the past 14-15 years. The only similarity which I see is that all the lead actors are from Mumbai – Massage (Rakesh Bedi), 1947 (Saleem Shah) and Ghalib in New Delhi (Tom Alter)," Alam told PTI.
Last night, Ghalib in New Delhi was staged in the Corbett National Park.
"This is the first time we staged a play in the Corbett National Park," he says.
Ghalib in New Delhi is a rip-roaring comedy in which the great Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib revisits his beloved Dehli in 2007 to witness his posthumous fame, something that was quite elusive in his lifetime. The entire plot revolves around Ghalib striving against an omnipotent identity crisis, beginning with the occupants of his haveli mistaking him as Ghalib's djin. This forces him to stay in a servant quarter.
According to Alam, the play is among one of the most staged ones of his troupe.
"Every month, we have a minimum of two staging of Ghalib in New Delhi," he says.
Massage is an unusual story of an aspiring film star (Bedi) in Mumbai. But to his delight he ends up becoming an instructor in a women's gym before taking up 22 odd (or even) jobs. Evergreen comedian Bedi plays the roles of as many as 24 characters in the play based on the script by Vijay Tendulkar and directed by Harbans Singh.
1947 is a comic satire directed by Alam. Dotted with tons of humour, wit and satire as well as lots of pains and pathos, this play about Partition and Pakistan has 45-year-old by Saleem Shah in the role of 90-year-old Ghazanfar Hussain.
Other troupes will also stage comedy plays in the coming weekends.
Among them is Run For Your Wife, directed by Renu Chopra and adapted from Ray Cooney's much-acclaimed play which is one of the longest running comedies.
It is the story of a Delhi tourist car operator, a wife in Malviya Nagar, a wife in Kalkaji and a knife-edge schedule!
Delhi to Agra, directed by Lucky Kataria, is another play with lots of laughter. Kishan is a theatre artist who wants to marry his love, Reshma (a Muslim girl). But Reshma’s doctor father doesn’t want his daughter to get married to a theatre artist. So he takes her from Delhi to Agra in order to get her married there as early as possible - to some doctor, lawyer, engineer or any other professional except a theatre artist.
Then there is Mayor@risk.Com directed by Anil Sharma.
Gajju babu is the mayor in a small city. The civil surgeon, inspector of schools and judicial magistrate are all corrupt and everybody gets away using corrupt practices. One day, the mayor receives a letter that a high profile officer is coming to their town to investigate. This information leads him to call an urgent meeting for all officers of his town to find ways to face the questioning.