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Saakar’s Hilarious Comedy Runs Four Successful Shows

The theater lovers of Atlanta area had a reason to celebrate with Saakaar for two weekends in August, when they presented 3 shows of their most recent hilarious Hindi comedy play “Umar Pachpan ki – Dil Bachpan ka” at IACA and Berkmar High School auditoriums in Atlanta. They also presented one show at Vedic Center in Greenville, SC.

Saakaar is Atlanta’s own theatrical group comprising of talented performing artists from the Indian sub-continent. The group is dedicated to bringing quality and wholesome entertainment to the Atlanta and neighboring communities. Over the last seven years this group has brought high quality plays including Love Letters, The Odd Couple, Rumors etc. in English and Ballabhpur Ki Roopkatha, Ek Tha Gadha, Khoob Milayi Jodi, Taj Mahal Ka Tender etc. in Hindi.

Umar Bachpan ki…is 2 plus hours off sheer excellence in comedy presentation. Two middle-aged married men named Champaklal (Amitabh Sharma) and Motilal (Swaroop Nyshadham) are obsessed with young charming women. While strolling in the park or elsewhere, they have a roving eye for young women. On a pre-planned escapade along with their domestic help BD (Apurva Shrivastava), they camp out at Champaklal’s farmhouse. Here they meet and try to entice a young attractive lady Pinky (Kumud Savla) who is the niece of Shakuntala (Rita Kapahi) official housekeeper at the farm house. Champak and Moti day-dream and connive to woo Pinky. To help save Shakuntala’s job, Pinky and Shakuntala exchange their identity/roles which sparks off a sequence of humorous situations. BD adds more twists and turns until two men get totally confused. As the plot thickens and story gets juicier, they bring in a voodoo doctor named Dr. Maro (late Rehan Khan) who tells the old men that they have serious terminal diseases and that their lives are very short. This impels the oldies to change their attitude and even try to repent as their last good act. This is when truth is exposed by Pinky and her boyfriend Rajesh (Harsh Suri).

Supporting roles were by Aslam Pervez (Shakti Singh hoodlum) , Uroosa Khan (Bobby), Meenu Sharma (Mithu- Champak’s wife), Sunita Garg (Maya- Motilal’s wife) and Jyoti Patel (Sanjana). Vijay Tripathi managed the sets, Sandeep Savla managed sound, Hema Ramanathan managed lights and Uroosa, Siri & Suma did makeup.

The play was brilliantly directed by Swaroop Nyshadham and Syam Yellamaraju. This was by far the best production with impeccable delivery including script, acting, sound, lights. The entire package was extremely well knit and performance superb perhaps better than the bollywood dramas. Kudos to local talent who provide such high class theater which is much more affordable than several plays from overseas. Commenting on this challenging project, Swaroop said that it was difficult to muster a cast of 13 members and participate in rehearsals with their conflicting schedules, families and professional careers. Some of them had to even fly into town just to rehearse. In the end everybody pitched in and with their dedication and sacrifice the final act turned out marvelous.

Saakaar’s tremendous success over past 8 years is testimony to passionate participation and drive for the best. 
As this goes to Press, Saakaar team pays tribute to late Rehan Khan who passed away on Eid day this past September.

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