Blame it on Bollywood coming to The Teatro, Montecasino!

Blame it on Bollywood hits South African shores in October!
The highly anticipated production Blame it on Bollywood hits South African shores in October for seven performances only, starting October 6th at The Teatro, Montecasino, in Johannesburg.

Montecasino and AGP World proudly present Blame it on Bollywood to a South African audience who should prepare to be love-struck by this enchanting and highly entertaining theatrical production direct from India.

The advent of glitzy and glamorous Bollywood films has turned India’s wedding scene into a rip-roaring trade, which is the theme for well-known theatre, film and advert personalities Bharat Dabholkar (writer and director) and Ashvin Gidwani’s (producer) production of Blame it on Bollywood -a story about the Great Indian Wedding. Only this highly entertaining theatrical show is infused with poignancy and humour as it deals with the age-old dilemma of a mixed marriage, which is definitely something that multicultural South Africa can relate to.

A talented and star-studded Indian cast bring this humorous story about love, marriage and family to life. The leading man, Anant Mahadevan (acclaimed film and theatre actor) and actress Jayati Bhatia (famous television personality and theatre performer), as parents of bride-to-be Anchal Sabharwal, deliver energetic performances, while Neil Gagdani provides a good dose of comedy as the bride’s nerdy brother.

What makes a brilliant Bollywood spectacular, is the song and dance, and in this instance two of India’s finest – choreographer Hormuzd Khambata and music director Louiz Banks (renowned jazz and fusion musician) – lend their expertise to the production.

After seeing the show in Mumbai last December, we knew that it would be perfect for our local audiences and we are thrilled to be working together with top producer, Ashvin, to bring the show to South Africa. Everyone can relate to the trials of what goes into planning a wedding and this very funny take on that situation is sure to have our patrons rolling in the aisles with laughter.
Bryan Hill, General Manager of the Teatro at Montecasino.

Audiences will be dazzled by the colourful costumes, vibrant choreography and high-energy performances in this wedding extravaganza, which is a part musical and part hilarious comedy play. It has already received many a standing ovation and has been successfully packing out theatres in Asia for the last two years.

“Blame it on Bollywood will make you want to sing, dance and fall in love…” says one reviewer. While yet another lauds the story as being “a series of larger-than-life, vibrant and glamorous preparations” and also says it “tackles the quintessential perceptions that one holds about the concept of a typical Bollywood wedding through the spectacle of a tummy-tickling story.”

“An out-and-out family comedy around the big fat Indian wedding madness.” – Bombay times.

“A rip roaring Bollywood-inspired drama!” – DNA after hrs.

Blame it on Bollywood will be staged at The Teatro at Montecasino from 6 October until 11 October.

The performance times are as follows:
Tuesday, 8pm
Thursday, 8pm
Friday, 8pm
Saturday, 3pm and 8pm (two performances)
Sunday, 2pm and 6pm (two performances)

Bookings open 9 July at Computicket and the Montecasino Box Office. The ticket prices range from R150 to R450.

For Montecasino Group Hospitality Packages ideal for corporate entertainment, including dining or cocktails and the show tickets for groups of 20 or more, please contact montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.com or telephone 011 367 4250.

For Montecasino Show and Stay Packages for one of the Montecasino Hotels, please contact montecasino.reservations@tsogosun.com or telephone 011 367 4250.

For Tsogo Sun Rewards Programme, members can book a maximum of four tickets per card and qualify for the following discounts on top price seating only:

Rewards Programme Gold – 10%
Rewards Programme Platinum – 15%
Rewards Programme Black – 25%

One comment
  1. Gerhardt Oosthuizen

    We attended the Thursday show, or let me rephrase, the first part of the show. What a load of rubbish!

    Everything that you can imagine with a show called “Blame it on Bollywood” is quickly crushed when you realise the decor and props must have been sponsered by the remnant department of a second hand fabric store, the costumes from a high school production of the lion king and the dancers and choreography from the community dance group down the street.

    Not only is the staging a disgrace but I personally found the derogative remarks agains “muslins” in very bad taste. I must admit I did not stick around for the second half to see the big revolution and union of religions.

    In short. I would love to encourage every person that bought tickets to get a refund while you can.

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