It’s loud and proudly Bollywood and it’s just a few weeks away from hitting the stage at The Teatro at Montecasino. The countdown to 6th October and the arrival of India’s highly successful song and dance production Blame it on Bollywood begins today.
Audiences should prepare for a night of romance, comedy and pure enchantment when they book for AGP World’s spectacular theatrical production Blame it on Bollywood. It’s hot off the stages of India where critics have been praising the performances of the star-studded and multi-talented Indian cast. What makes it even more exciting on the Johannesburg stage is that 15 of the dancers are local and were carefully handpicked by the writer / director Bharat Dabholkar and choreographer Hormuzd Khambata. “When we auditioned for dancers in South Africa, we were startled with the good response. They picked up the steps very easily. It was surprising. I think South African audiences are in for a big, fat treat,” says Khambata.
The story is one that every South African can relate to as it deals with the age-old dilemma that occurs in mixed relationships and the potential misunderstandings that ensue. In Blame it on Bollywood, audiences will quickly realise that awkward cultural predicaments are something that people in India often come up against, too. Dabholkar has taken this situation and turned it into a comical feast with his story about two star-crossed lovebirds from different religious backgrounds who want to get married.
The parents are up in arms about the ‘mismatch’ and chaos follows when the bride-to-be decides she wants an epic Bollywood-style wedding, to boot. “The play is a reflection of people doing strange things around me, which makes it hilarious. Every time I went to a wedding, I observed people. That observation found itself in the script,” he says. “What I realised more and more was that weddings are an international phenomena and Bollywood is India’s biggest export to an international audience. So I believe a combination of elaborate Indian weddings with the dance and music carries the magical ingredients that will work for any audience across the globe.”
The show’s producer, Ashwin Gidwani, quickly recognised that he was onto a winner and has not looked back since Blame it on Bollywood premiered in Mumbai to full houses and standing ovations. “You just can’t go wrong when your show is a fusion of vibrant, energetic Bollywood in the form of an Indian wedding. It’s the best of both worlds and an all-out audio-visual extravaganza. There is a kaleidoscope of colour and magic that comes from it,” Gidwani says. “Blame it on Bollywood strikes a chord with the young and the wise alike because it is everyone’s story. There will be some part of the wedding that everyone will relate to.”
The show has the entire entertainment spectrum covered, everything from the glitz and glamour that is so prevalent in big-screen Bollywood musicals, plus the humorous love story with just enough drama to make it poignant, too. Enter the stunning cast, all leading actors and actresses in their own right, and you have the very best of a big production. “Jo’burg audiences are not going to know what’s hit them after experiencing the sensory feast that is Blame it on Bollywood. After much anticipation the cast and crew are finally here and we’re currently setting up for a production that we know will work spectacularly well in The Teatro. This is one of the reasons why people flock to Montecasino,” says Bryan Hill, General Manager of The Teatro at Montecasino. “I am sure that local audiences will embrace this comic entertainment and leave the theatre with so much more than a song and dance in their step!”
There are only eight performances of Blame it on Bollywood, from 6 October until 11 October at The Teatro. Tickets are going fast so book now at Computicket or the Montecasino Box Office. Ticket prices range from R150 to R450.
The performance times are as follows:
Tuesday, 8pm Thursday, 8pm Friday, 8pm Saturday, 3pm and 8pm (two performances) Sunday, 2pm and 6pm (two performances)