Silo Theatre’s My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak transports you to 1970s Bombay where legendary Bollywood director Rakesh Ramsey has passed away while shooting his latest film, a western called ‘Dust of the Delhi Plains’. As a result, his two children, Roshan and Kamala, find themselves forced into the director’s chair and dealing with more than a few challenges. Brother and sister face tensions not only over finances but also over whether to honour the past or turn a new face to the future. What have they got themselves into?
As a complete Bollywood novice, I wasn’t sure what I was in for with My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak. However, by the end of the night I was completely charmed and clapping along with the rest of the full house. Written and directed by Ahi Karunaharan, this tale of a family-run Bollywood studio that’s facing hard times creates a delightful piece of theatre with plenty of laughs while the play respects its cultural past but challenges the shape of the future.
Karunaharan touches on a couple of major topics lightly, specifically Indian women’s role in society and business and also the more universal older women’s roles or lack of, in the movies. The set and lighting allow for an immersive experience and it’s all perfect for the story and is complemented by a two-man onstage band, who provide fantastic Spaghetti western-style musical musings.
The script is light and brilliantly performed, with the fourth wall being broken quite a few times! At the heart of the ensemble is a charming performance by Mustaq Missouri as the long-suffering studio producer Manjit but equally the wide-eyed innocent Shankar is brilliantly performed by Shaan Kesha, and both are very well supported by Sanaya Doctor and Mayen Mehta as the warring siblings. The anchor and star turn of the team is Rashmi Pilapitiya as Ranikumari, who is seeking a return to centre stage.
Reviewed by Mike Hales.