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Those Indian Guys present D'Arranged Marriage
D'Arranged Marriage 10th - 13th May, 2012
Written & Directed by Tarun Mohanbhai & Rajeev Varma
Perform by Rajeev Varma
Produced by Gardner & Wife Theatre Producer Natalie Chong
 
Those Indian Guys' D'Arranged Marriage What can you say about a show which returns to Kuala Lumpur time and time again - and fills the theatre! This time it was the turn of co-creator, Raj Varma, to delight audiences which his one-man tour de force. Raj flew from New York, where he now lives, to KL for a short run, and then on to his home country, New Zealand, to star in a brand-new TV series. Success couldn't have happened to nicer man!
 
SYNOPSISThe story itself revolves around the character of 29-year-old Sanjay Gupta, the New-Zealand born son of Indian immigrants. His problems, at least according to his family, revolve around his unmarried status. (Sound familiar?) When his parents conspire to set him up with a girl, the plot thickens and complications ensue.

As the story develops, we encounter eight memorable characters – all skillfully played by Varma – each with a distinct personality and quirks. Varma switches from one character to another with uncanny ease, replacing his charming native Kiwi accent to a high-pitched woman’s or a genial uncle’s in a split second, contorting his face and miming actions to draw the audience in and make the story come alive.

 
CAST
Those Indian Guys are Rajeev Varma and Tarun Mohanbhai. Formed in 2002 to explore Indian culture and mores through comedy and theatre, TIG is forging a name for themselves as really funny Indians.

D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE premiered in Auckland at the TV2 International Laugh Festival 2002 starring Mohanbhai. Written by Mohanbhai and Varma and directed by Varma, the show was a sell-out success.

Since then, the show has toured to the Melbourne Comedy Festival and had a sell-out season at the Sydney Opera House Studio in 2003.

D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE and the premier of the prequel FROM INDIA WITH LOVE in the Auckland season of the LAUGH! 2004 Comedy Festival solidified Those Indian Guys as a force in New Zealand comedic theatre.
 
CAST - RajeevRAJEEV VARMA Actor/Director
Rajeev Varma graduated from Unitec with a Diploma in Acting in 1995 and went on to form the Rising Generation Theatre Company, whose productions included Play Lunch, Spies Spy or Die and Versus all written by Toa Fraser. Raj produced the premier season of Bare by Toa Fraser at the Silo Theatre, which went on international success.

His directing credits include Painted Lips by Katherine Van Beek at the 2001 Fringe Festival and D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE.

He was a member of Improv Bandits for two years and toured nationally and internationally with them. Other theatrical roles include Peter in The Diary of Anne Frank directed by Raymond Hawthorne, the national tour of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Taro King. Most recently Varma appeared in the premier of Awhi Tapu, by Albert Belz produced by Taki Rua to critical praise.

In 2003 he formed The Untouchables Collective, New Zealand's first South-Asian theatre company which premiered its first production Yatra at the Wellington Fringe Festival 2004, to great acclaim.

Rajeev Varma is a New Zealand born Punjabi/Rajasthani Indian.
 
CAST - TarunTARUN MOHANBHAI Actor/Writer
Tarun Mohanbhai first began his comedy career at school entertaining his classmates, but it wasn't until 1996, that he first performed live at Kitty O'Briens comedy evenings.

His career took off from there and in 1998 he had his first festival show, Driving Mr Daisy with Mike Loder, for which he won the Quest of the Fest competition. It was also in this year that he made his first trip to London where he performed at Comedy Café, and to Canada where he was onstage at Lafflines, Yuk Yuks and Urban Well.

Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, performing at every New Zealand International Comedy Festival with such shows as Curry and Rice (2000) and Curry Muncher (2001), on television in Pulp Comedy and Mercy Peak.

In 2002 he devised D'Arranged Marriage, for which he was nominated for a Billy T Award. The show was a sellout success and in 2003, he became a founding member of the The Untouchables Collective, New Zealand's first South-Asian theatre company which premiered its first production at the Wellington Fringe Festival to great acclaim.

Tarun Mohanbhai is a New Zealand born Gujerati Indian.
 
REVIEWS
The Star23/06/2005 The Star by Saras M. Manickam
TWO MEN AND A SARI IN D’ARRANGED MARRIAGE
non-stop comedy… D’Arranged Marriage is a testimony to Tarun’s slick skills as a stand up comic… it [From India With Love] is a wicked parody of Indian mores and culture… delivered with barrels of laughter… a great comedy + more

New Sunday Times19/06/2005 New Sunday Times by Kiren Kaur & Subhadra Devan
FROM INDIA WITH LOVE
screamingly hilarious… audiences in stitches within a minute of the start… the dose of laughter the doctor recommended + more

The Malay Mail14/06/2005 The Malay Mail by Amir Hafizi
THOSE INDIAN GUYS ARE FUNNY TO THE BONE
easily one of the funniest comedies to hit our shores this year… brought on the laughs… in abundance + more

New Sunday Times12/06/2005 New Sunday Times by Kiren Kaur
HILARITY AT ITS INDIAN BEST
From start to the grand finale, it was a blast… think Jay Leno, but Indian! + more

 
Previous Seasons
2011
D'Arranged Marriage played 14th - 19th February, 2011
Written & Directed by Tarun Mohanbhai & Rajeev Varma
Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Harding Gardner
Staged at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre 
 
Those Indian Guys' D'Arranged Marriage Those Indian Guys' co-creator Tarun Mohanbhai returned for a one-week reprise of his one-man tour de force - starting his run, appropriately enough, to a capacity audience on Valentine's Day. Since making its 2005 Asian debut in Kuala Lumpur, D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE has now been performed in five continents, including sold-out seasons in New York and London.
 
2007
D'Arranged Marriage played 4th - 23rd December , 2007
Written & Directed by Tarun Mohanbhai & Rajeev Varma
Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Harding Gardner
Staged at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre 
 
D'Arranged Marriage Returns The return engagement of D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE was performed by one-half of "Those Indian Guys" - Rajeev Varma - and played three weeks at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre. This popular one-man show continued to receive rave reviews from both critics and audiences. Sponsors included ntv7, Bangles Tandoori Restaurant and Bacardi-Martini.
 
2005
D'Arranged Marriage played
7th - 12th, 27th & 28th June, 18th – 21st December, 2005
From India With Love played 14th - 26th June, 2005
Written & Directed by Tarun Mohanbhai & Rajeev Varma
Produced by Chae Lian & Richard Harding Gardner
Staged at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre 

D'Arranged Marriage Gardner & Wife's first show from New Zealand was also their first show to extend its run! Direct from a sell-out season at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, "Those Indian Guys" - Tarun Mohanbhai and Rajeev Varma - performed D'ARRANGED MARRIAGE to packed houses for one week, followed by two weeks of its prequel, FROM INDIA WITH LOVE. Presented by Malaysia Airlines, both shows performed at The Actors Studio @ Bangsar Shopping Centre and were co-produced with the New Zealand High Commission.