There’s always a debate on whether films or any other forms of entertainment should be politically correct. While political correctness is a big deal internationally, in India, we rather cater to what the audience wants. So the casual sexism, racism, ageism, and homophobia prevalent in our media gets swept under the rug as long the audience enjoys what it is shown. This debate can go on forever, but if you are one of those who prefer entertainment without any filters, a comedy like Laughter in the House – 2 would be perfect for you.
Essentially a Parsi-Gujarati play, Laughter in the House – 2 is a sequel to the play that shined at the NCPA box office in 2012. Directed by Sam Kerawalla and compered by Jim Vimadalal, the show is a tribute to Parsi theatre personality, Adi Marzban. The large cast includes some prominent faces in old and contemporary Parsi theatre, namely Dinyar Contractor (Praful’s boss from Khichdi), Bomie E. Dotiwala (Pappa from Munnabhai MBBS), Ruby & Burjor Patel (parents of Rage Productions’ co-founder, Shernaz Patel), and Danesh Khambata (director and writer of Gandhi – The Musical). The performance includes comedy sketches performed by various actors, live music, and two dance performances by choreographer Hormuzd Khambata’s troupe. It’s the perfect entertainment package for anyone (who understands Gujarati) looking for a fun and enjoyable evening.
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The show stays true to its name with comedy performances by the stalwarts of theatre. Dinyar Contractor’s entry, followed by his short sketches with host Jim sent the audience into a frenzy. Other hilarious sketches included Ruby & Burjor Patel’s plea to Ratan Tata, Danesh Khambata in the Jio Parsi campaign, and Cricket With Parsi Women. While some of the gags were visual performances of the forwards your parents might have sent you on Whatsapp, it was the way it was performed that led to the uproarious laughter at TATA Theatre on a Sunday evening. The music and dance performances served as more than fillers in the show, entertaining the crows with every passing minute.
The show started with a musical performance by a trio who perform The Foundations’ Build Me Up Buttercup. Anyone who is or has lived around the Parsis in Bombay will know how much the community enjoys international music, especially since members of the community have themselves created waves in music all around the world. Other live musical performances include Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock and Can’t Help Falling in Love, Engelbert Humperdinck’s Quando Quando Quando, Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive, The Pussycat Dolls’ Sway and more. There are also some original pieces, two of which are sung by the entire cast. Khambatta’s troupe definitely impresses with spectacular dance moves, first on the Parsi favorite Staying Alive and later on Bollywood’s latest from Judwaa 2.
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No Parsi can miss this show. Yes, there are several mentions of the ‘Jio Parsi’ campaign, urging the Parsi youth to populate this already populated city/country/world, but leave your worries behind when you catch this show. It is made for entertainment and that is exactly what it serves to you. So keep an eye out on BookMyShow and catch this play the next time it is staged at the NCPA.