If you are a Parsi living in Bombay, there’s no way you haven’t watched a Silly Point Production yet. Funny, witty, and extremely engaging, the plays are generally written and directed by Meherzad Patel. Actors Danesh Irani and Danesh Khabbatta are regulars in these productions and play a pivotal role in most of the plays. The group churns out at least three to four plays a year, and they run every month to packed shows. The latest production, which stars Irani, Khambatta, and Sajeel Parakh in key roles, is a fun comedy on the diverse cultures in India who speak Gujarati.
A Bohri, Gujarati, and a Parsi live as paying guests in an old Parsi lady’s house. But the fact that all of them are not Parsis is a not-so-well-kept secret, as the landlady of the building does not allow non-Parsis to reside there. What the three men have in common is that they all speak Gujarati, even though the dialect differs across cultures. Danesh Irani – the Parsi of the trio – decides to educate the other two in the ways of the Parsis, so they can fool the landlady into believing that they’re all Parsis. Hilarity ensues and more characters get caught up in this mix. The end of the play is any typical Silly Point Production – confusing and chaotic! We do finally learn that Parsis are born, not created.
One thing Meherzad Patel always gets right is his cast. Every single character leaves you in splits. Danesh Irani is usually responsible for most of the entertainment, given that he always does what he knows best – being a bawa. He is sarcastic, witty, and always has the last say. This time, Danesh Khambatta was on par with his namesake, entertaining the audience with his typical ‘Gujaratiness’. Patel’s plays also generally have that one character who you feel sorry for, because she/he is caught up in the crazy mix. This time, that character was played by Parekh. While he was not meant to be funny, you couldn’t help but laugh at his woes. Everyone else in the cast added to the entertainment, especially Mrs. Pinto, and her son-turned-daughter, Natasha. Sometimes, the audience’s uproar even drowned the dialogues.
For someone who makes very typically Parsi plays, meant only for the Parsi audience, Meherzad Patel never runs out of jokes or plots. His cast is repeated and his plays have a running trope, but each production is more entertaining than the previous one. If you have never seen a Silly Point Production, you’re missing out on the fun. The audience is usually packed with Parsis, who are the only ones who will find these plays funny. They connect more with Patel’s way of thinking.
If you want to catch the next run of Amar Akbar Akoori, the play will return in the month of July. Meanwhile, for more Parsi entertainment plays, watch Laughter in the House 2 next month. Keep checking BookMyShow for updates.