Super hit Gujarati Drama "Gujjubhai Ni Golmaal" Invaded Chicago
Bartlett, IL: Manpasand and Suga Builders presented Super hit Gujarati Drama “Gujjubhai Ni Golmaal” on Friday, February 22, 2013 at Jain Center, 435 Hwy 59, Bartlett, IL. This being the first Gujarati play to come to Chicago in 2013 was a SOLD OUT event. Despite the bad snowy weather, the show attracted 600 plus members who jammed into the Jain Center auditorium. Admission tickets were $25, $35, and VIP ($55) which included Gujarati dinner.
Bhavna Modi, the National and local promoter of the play has always bought quality plays to USA. She remarked that “Comedies only work when the actors share certain camaraderie and comfort level with each other, the audience could feel the amazing chemistry of the entire cast on the stage”.
The play was in Gujarati Language, Writen by Pravin Solanki, Directed by Siddharth Randeria and Cast included Siddharth Randeria, Tejas Vyas, Kiran Malvanker, Chitrak Shah, Jyuthika Shah, Ketan Joshi, Sameer Uurav, Jay Pandya and Rohinton Chesan.
Gujjubhai Ni Golmaal, Siddharth Randeria’s new comedy drama was a roller coaster ride of laughter. The story is about Gujjubhai’s journey to make money and get rich. His moto is “it’s better to be rich than do good”. He tries every trick to amass money and finds himself getting trapped by it.
Siddharth Randeria is a Gujarati actor, who has been described as “the superstar of the Gujarati drama”. He is known for his Gujarati comedy plays. Tickets of his plays sell out within hours of the box-office opening. He has won multiple awards as a writer, director and actor. Some of the very well known plays are: Lo Gujjubhai Ghode Chadya &Lage Raho Gujjubhai (records holder on Guajarati stage for completing over 700 shows in a little over 2 years) Bas Kar Bakula, Carry On Lalu, Pati Ne Naame patangiyu, Prem no public issue etc.
Other well known Gujarati drama artists like Tejal Vyas, Juthika Shah & Chitrak Shah also took part in this comedy drama.
About the Event:
Every man hopes to make his dreams a reality. But Arvind Vakharia is not your everyman. Left to his own, Arvind is a simpleton who would gladly spend his life being an average, un-ambitious man, but fate has never been kind to him. Surrounded by an overbearing wife, his mother- in-law and his nincompoop brother-in-law, Arvind strives day and night to fulfil their ever-increasing demands.
Burdened by the responsibility of being a good husband, Arvind tries every shortcut to make a quick buck. After falling for various Ponzi schemes and other scams, our simple minded Arvind asks for some divine intervention to help make his wife’s dreams come true. Fate smiles but even divine forces have a sense of humor.
Arvind gets exactly what he asks for, every time his wife Alka goes to bed. Whatever she dreams, becomes reality. Arvind takes advantage of this gift by teaming up with a quack psychologist to influence his wife’s dreams to bring him wealth. For the first time since he got married, his mother-in-law and idiot brother-in-law finally accept him. But before Arvind can realize all his dreams, he finds out there is a catch. When his wife Alka wakes up everything she dreamt of disappears. Arvind decides he didn’t get so close to let everything slip away, with his partner in crime (The quack doctor, who starts falling for Alka). Arvind makes a plan that will make him filthy rich once and for all. The only thing he has to make sure is that Alka is kept asleep as long his plan becomes a reality.
But things aren’t that simple. The best plan goes haywire as a heavily sedated Alka keeps waking up, his greedy mother-in-law and brother-in-law keep whispering things into Alka’s ears when she’s asleep, manifesting dreams that Arvind is not prepared to handle – from the dead Osama Bin Laden to wild elephants, from a shower of money to missing diamonds.
A fantastical ride where you never know what to expect next, as Arvind falls deeper and deeper into the trap he has laid himself, only to realize that greed has no limits.
• I saw the play Last Friday with family and was very impressed.
• I have seen many of Siddharth Randeria’s plays and again we had a great time. One thing is for sure no one does comedy like siddharth randeria.
• I think Siddharth Randeria is unbeatable comedian and puts all his heart in this play. We enjoyed very much.
• No doubt the drama is hilarious
• It is about the greedy nature of a man who runs after money and tries to get it by hook or crook. It was a fantastic presentation, superb portrayal of the Gujju society. The drama overall was staged very nicely. All the artist played a magnificent role, and specially Siddharth Randeria was top of his acting.
Sponsors: Arlington Rental; Medstar Laboratory Inc; Ambit Energy; Sankalp Schaumburg; Sajmil Construction, Cyber Travel; Shree restaurant, Mita’s Beauty Salon; Desi Chilli Indian Chinese Restaurant, Payless Tobacco & Liquor, Sai Saffron Chat House, Tushar Chotalia Attorney At Law, World’s Money Exchange, Inc, New York Life, Dr. Nita Patel Dentist
Due to heavy public demand from audience the promoter has decided to have one more show in Chicago on Friday, March 29, 2013.