Venue: Akshara Theatre
Date: 20th January 2018
Time: 5:00 pm
Tickets on Book My Show : https://in.bookmyshow.com/national-capital-region-ncr/plays/daddy-in-doubt/ET00064321
Let us say you have had a bad day, a head ache and you are worried about the disastrous political system in India and aren’t in a mood to laugh!
Tough luck. You’re going to laugh anyway!
The appropriately named Tamasha Entertainment has been making mischief since July 2017 with their fringe-born hit Play “Daddy in Doubt” showcased in theatres in and around Delhi! According to the oddball combination of the founders, it isn’t up to you! The one and a half hour offering presented is set to prove that laughter is a very much reproducible, predictable and inescapable reflex.
It doesn’t always need to be necessarily earthshaking. The play is amusing, instructive and hilarious and your gut will be busted.
Perhaps because what we are speaking of is a mix of verbal and non-verbal comedy at the time when the actual meaning of the words is unclear and subjective! Both halves of the play predominantly focus on a brand of physical humor infused with beautifully worded punchlines. The entire cast is an ensemble from different walks of life giving an interesting flare of characters on Stage.
In a classic comedy set up, Satish Tripathi Plays the disheveled son and Abhishek Naithani plays the notoriously sarcastic Noor Baksh. The nature of the interaction that they create with the help of Sucheta Hota who essays the role of Meenu is impossible to pin down in words but it involves a chaotic examination. Lilly played by Vasanti has all the elements of a sensuous seductress and really gets the audience involved. The first half of Daddy in Doubt features theatre-related slapstick – ragged props, ratty actors – the show, much more ambitiously, is a farce that requires some very complicated comedy staging and acting to go exactly right. It does.
The second act of the play opens with hilarious sequences and performances from Rajul Khare as the Doodhvala and the enticing lilly playing the love interest of Noor Baksh. This is where the chaos starts to prevail. The entry of Pandit Tiwari by Deepankar Mukherjee hilariously adds to the comedy of errors and in trying to master his tasks, Fazal Chacha played by Abhishek Anand who is repeatedly undone by the failures of his body adds a beautiful charm to the conversations.
At Stake, apparently is Daddy Bhatnagar played by Puneet Khanduja, who has some sort of license, to be romantic and controlling at the same time. The Daddy is in Doubt here and to add to the Doubt we have Akash Dalal as the amusingly itchy Daddy and Rajul khare as the very convincing Dumb Daddy. The performances are powerful, vivacious and cheerful. The pressure for the cast is to be funny!
They can rest easy: it is funny — very. Admittedly, there were times when we thought they might be enjoying their own jokes just a bit too much; some go on a bit too long. But it’s a nice problem to have, and this show had me — and the rest of the audience — laughing merrily throughout.
The only crime that Tamasha could be guilty of in this context is not showing us a good time and they are determined to not let that happen! Daddy in Doubt is one convincing blast of laughter, ricocheting around the auditorium and barely making it all the way before another round is quickly set off. Some of it is the script; a lot of it is the inspired lunacy and physical daring of Tamasha Entertainment; and most of it is the stunning ensemble of the cast who fearlessly execute it.