Indian Theatrical Plays That’ll Definitely Tickle Your Funny Bone
Posted on 3 November, 2016 by Team Wishberry
To make someone laugh is a blessing. That is the reason the comedy genre, as loved as it is, is supposed to be one of the most difficult genres to pull off. And it is all the more difficult when executed in front of a live audience on stage. The audience is testing your humour, comic timing, the punchline, the response, all right there.
As difficult as it may be, these following plays defied all of it and made the audiences laugh not only at the beginning, but even years after their opening.
Sahi re Sahi
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Sahi Re Sahi is considered to be one of the most successful Marathi plays of all time. Bharat Jadhav was well on his way to stardom in the Marathi film circuit when the play first opened in 2002. Written by Kedar Shinde, the play shows the comedy that follows the accidental murder of industrialist Madan (played by Bharat Jadhav). Four different groups get four imposters of Madan to get their hands on the wealth left behind by Madan. The play went on to make a record of having the most number of shows in a calendar year when it was performed 565 times. Sahi Re Sahi has had over 3000 shows. So popular was this play that in 2015, Kedar Shinde returned with its sequel Punha Sahi Re Sahi, and it has been doing almost equally well, too.
Hamlet – The Clown Prince
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Hamlet – The Clown Prince is the second instalment in the Rajat Kapoor’s clown franchise. A bunch of clowns decide to produce and perform Shakespeare’s Hamlet. What follows is their quest to understand the play. As the play progresses they find new meanings, employ gibberish for the parts they don’t understand and try to fit the play in the contemporary world. Performing this comedy of the Shakespearean tragedy is a task. Either of these characters, both from a performance point of view or a viewer perspective are mind-blowing.
All The Best
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All The Best gave Marathi theatre and film industry three actors who would later become superstars – Bharat Jadhav, Ankush Chaudhari and Sanjay Narvekar. The story revolves around three friends who live together. One of them is blind, the other deaf, and the third one is dumb. All three fall for the same girl (played by Sampada Joglekar). The comedy play won hearts right from its opening day, and went on to be performed over 3000 times. The play was later produced by Feroz Khan in its Hindi version, and it went on to be staged in 8 other languages.
Jaat Hi Puchho Sadhu Ki
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Written by the legendary Vijay Tendulkar, Jaat Hi Puchho Saadhu Ki revolves around the life of Mahipat. Mahipat’s only aim is to become an MA. Once he achieves that, he will have no regrets in life even if he is counted in a low caste. After countless rejections and what not, he ultimately starts his study of Nepotism, which he believe is the best weapon available today. He becomes a lecturer in a college simply because he is the only candidate, and the institution is located in a remote area. He encounters many incidents and also falls in love with the niece of the college chairman. His relationship with a girl from a high caste background was opposed by not only the staff but also the college students. By the end of the play he is back in his old position, which is of an educated unemployed young man.
Halwa is based on a hilarious French play, ‘God Of Carnage’ by Yasmina Reza. Two kids end up bashing each other up in a park. Their respective parents meet the next day. They, Maheshwaris and Majumdars, ponder over the reasons behind this bloody battle between their kids. They realise that the adults in the society need more lessons on social behaviour than the kids. The whole thing is done in a hilarious manner. And though, it is a fairly new play, it has struck the perfect laughter chord of the audience and made everyone laugh their guts off.
These are the plays we think were the funniest. Which ones are yours?