Originally produced for Aadyam, an Aditya Birla Group Initiative.
Balvinder aka Bubbles Sidhu, a 50-year-old well-paid financial executive, and his loyal Parsi wife, Behroze, live on the fourteenth floor of a typical modern Upper Juhu aka Andheri hi-rise called Sea View Towers. (where the sea view is no more than a 'sea glance') In spite of having poured their life savings into this 2 and half BHK flat in Mumbai, everything civil and civic seems to go wrong. The walls are paper thin, allowing him a constant earful of his neighbours' private lives and the flush doesn't work unless jiggled. Compounded with the continuous BMC drilling, the howling of stray dogs, and the stink of uncleared garbage, with the endless racket of this unsleeping city, Bubbles goes steadily pissed off and paranoid.
Things can't seem to get any worse.
But then his company where he has worked all his life goes through rough times and he gets fired. And then his apartment is burgled and the robbers take not only all his clothes, but his precious Black Label as well. He becomes a middle-aged corporate man prowling round his flat with crazy plans and paranoia.
So Bubbles does the only thing left for him to do - he has a nervous breakdown and it's the best thing that ever happened to him.
Behroze his loving supportive wife, who had quit her job years ago to raise their two daughters, is forced to go back to work. And Bubbles' rich farm-owning brother, Sunny Sandhu and his sisters, Pammi and Shammi from Ludhiana are brought in to help save their brother's financial crisis and ill health with hilarious consequences.Why every Theatre-goer should see this English play?
The play deals with an average middle-class couple's struggle to survive in our mad city. It deals with economic meltdown, urban angst, the madness of a consumer society in which people feel they can't live without a musical whisky-pourer and a city that is itself on the brink of a nervous collapse. But with laugh out loud laughter and insight.'The play is just honestly hilarious and hilariously honest!'
Read the BMS review of The Siddhus of Upper Juhu here