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Home arrow News arrow News Snippet arrow Mad About Money - a hilarious Indian comedy play in Bangkok
Mad About Money - a hilarious Indian comedy play in Bangkok Print E-mail

June 04, 2007

By Amrit Pal

MAMThis is a unique opportunity for theater lovers and for others who are tired of watching Bollywood Films . If you crave for some live-action comedy stage shows from India, here's the event you have been waiting for. Siam Sindhi Association brings you “Mad About Money” right here in Bangkok. Its a comedy play in English Written & Directed by Mahesh Dattani (Winner of Sahitya Akademi Award). Event Details here. For ticket sales please contact Mike 081-6343980 or Mohan 081-8445198.

Synopsis
Hasmukhbhai Mehta, the head of Reliable group of Industries, lives in a palatial house in Ghatkopar, with wife Sonal, son Ajit and daughter in law Preeti. He finds his son to be a wastrel and irresponsible, Preeti too nice and Sonal obsessed with cooking and feeding, driving him crazy.

And one night, after a heavy squabble with the family, Hasmukhbhai passes away. But his ghost lingers on to control his family from the other world!

Before his demise, he has drawn out a will by which his family will lead a frugal life until Ajit turns forty five…..As the Mehta family reconcile to their fate, in walks Kiran Jhaveri, the will’s trustee and Hasmukhbhai’s mistress, who has to stay and manage the family and the business.
Kiran’s presence disturbs the family, much to Hasmukh’s delight, who had planned to teach his family a lesson and hopes they will learn how inadequate they were as his wife, son and daughter in law.

But Sonal and Kiran bond together and share their opinions on his conniving and devious nature. In his moment of recognition, he realizes his own shortfall and living in the shadow of his father.
As he decides to leave them and find his place in heaven, Preeti’s baby kicks in her womb. Is Hasmukh going to get a second chance at being with his family as his yet to be born grandson?
 
Cast : Amar Talwar, Jayati Bhatia, Gaurav Sharma, Smita Bansal and Sonal Sehgal.
Written & Directed by : Mahesh Dattani
Produced by : Ashvin Gidwani

Mahesh DattaniMeet Mahesh Dattani: India's first playwright in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi award, this Bangalore-lover made his mark in filmdom with Mango Souffle and the Oscar-nominated Morning Raga.
Rated as one of India's best and most serious contemporary playwrights in English' by the International Herald Tribune, Dattani made his debut in Mumbai theatre with Mad About Money, which received both critical and popular acclaim. Dattani is also the recipient of the prestigious Central Sahitya Akademi award in 1998.

Mad About Money is a light comic drama about human relationships in this life and the after life, and has already had an uninterrupted run. The story revolves around the Mehta family and how its senior most person - Hasmukhbhai - tries to control the entire family even from his grave...thus, bringing in some hilarious situations and outcomes.
 
 
 
ThAmar Talware Cast – Mad About Money

AMAR TALWAR
Acted in India’s first daily soap “Shanti”, “Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin”, “Good Morning India”, “Saaya”, “Just Mohabbat”,  “Jannat”, “Kittu Sab Jaanti Hai” & others. Also acted in Feature Films like “Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham”, “Bhoot”, “Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein” & “Deewar”. Theatre plays like South Pacific, Lend Me Tenor, Prisoner of Malabar Hill & 30 Days in September.
 
Jayati BhatiaJAYATI BHATIA
Acted in serials like Itihaas, Kanyadaan, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Kavita, Kutumb, Karishma, Kasuati Zindagi Ki & Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin. Theatre plays like Vagina Monologues & Mahatma v/s Gandhi.

Sonal SehgalSONAL SEHGAL
Acted in TV serials like Saara Aakash, Hotel Kingston and feature film  'U Bomsi n me' Done modeling for Dettol soap, LG mobile phones, Clinic Plus shampoo and Panasonic hair dryers.

Smita BansalSMITA BANSAL
Acted in serials like Amaanat, Sarhadein, Aashirwad, Itihaas, Tulsi, Koi Aap Sa, Yeh Meri Life Hai.

Gaurav SharmaGUARAV SHARMA
Performed in following  theatrical productions ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘Kargil - The 50 Day War’  &  ‘The Legend Of Ram ‘ (Ali Raza Husain).
 
Press Reviews

“Mad About Money is like Five Star Theater” -  Mid-day

“Rib-tickling comedy” – Mumbai Mirror

“The Cast received considerable applause for their performance” – The Asian Age

“Spring arrives on stage.. with Mad about Money” – Hindustan Times
 
“Since Salman Rushdie swung open the door to the west, English language Indian novelists have wowed the world.     Indian playwrights have been less conspicuous except for Mahesh Dattani”  – Newsweek International

“One of India’s best and most serious contemporary playwrights writing in English”  -  International Herald Tribune.

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