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A theatrical play about 2 friends as they follow their dreams and take you on a journey filled with laughter, tears, song and dance.
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The What and the Why?

With your help, we are looking bring "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood" to a new and wider audience by remounting the production for 2 specials performances in June 2019 at the Pulse Festival, Ipswich (New Wolsey Theatre), and ARC Stockton Arts centre, with a view to creating a full UK wide tour in 2020. 

ARC Stockton Arts centre has already invested in "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood" and we have raised most of our budget, but your contribution will help to ensure we can cross the finish line and: 

  • take new production shots of the show.
  • create a new trailer of the show.
  • create a marketing pack.  
  • rent the use of a set.
  • pay for props.
  • pay for travel.
  • ensure that everyone, from the cast to the stage manager to the costume designer, are all paid for their hard work for the performances in June.

We are using Kickstarter as a means of raising funds so that we can create a community that is connected to the play. We want you to feel involved and we are excited about sharing our journey with you.

The opening sequence of "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood".
The opening sequence of "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood".

The History:-

Written in the summer of 2012, "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood" is the direct result of another audition in which Scottish actors/writers Umar Butt & Manjot Sumal found themselves again being typecast for another typical "Asian" role.  

Wanting to confront the issue of being stereotyped head on, they spent a week devising various ideas before settling on the kernel of an idea that would eventually grow to become "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood".  

Initially a 2 hander between Umar and Manjot,  the story of "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood" has grown to include deeper themes of friendship, family, identity, love, loss, dreams and ambition. The cast has also grown to include Adam Kadir Buksh and Jessica Lucia Andrade.  

The play has toured throughout the UK and performed at the Debating Hall, Gilded Balloon, for the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it received rave reviews. 

"How To Make A Killing In Bollywood" was first written in 2012.
"How To Make A Killing In Bollywood" was first written in 2012.

The Synopsis:- 

2 best friends, Raza Khan & Gurjit Singh, give up their jobs as fast food chefs in Scotland to follow their lifelong dream of becoming Bollywood Superstars in India. But just how far will they go to follow their dreams? Share in their laughter, tears, joys & heartache as they take you on a journey filled with music, life, song, colour, love and dance.  

Everything you need to Make A Killing In Bollywood.  

Umar Butt as Raza Khan, a Scottish-Asian actor sick of being typecast in "Asian" roles.
Umar Butt as Raza Khan, a Scottish-Asian actor sick of being typecast in "Asian" roles.

The Cast:- 

Jessica Lucia Andrade is the Associate Artist with Upswing Aerial and Proteus Theatre. She recently performed in the New Vic's Production of "Around The World In 80 Days" and Proteus Theatres' "Macbeth".  She also wrote and performed in "The Brownie Club". Jessica plays the role of Varsha and various other characters in "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood".

Kadir Adam Buksh is a regular on the pantomime circuit and has also appeared in “Scot Squad” on BBC Scotland and most recently “Soul Journey” for BBC 3. Kadir plays the role of Uncle, Chacha and various other characters in "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood".

Umar Butt is currently the Artistic Associate of ARC Stockton and co-founder of Bijli, which is currently the company in residence at the National Theatre of Scotland (NTS). Umar wrote and directed "Alex & Eliza" and has also directed the plays "If I Had A Girl" and "One Mississippi". Umar plays the role of Raza Khan in "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood".

Manjot Sumal is best known for playing PC Surjit Singh on BBC Scotland's "Scot Squad" and has also appeared on "Still Game" - BBC Scotland, "Fags, Mags and Bags" - BBC Radio 4 and "How Not To Live Your Life" - BBC 3. Manjot plays the role of Gurjit Singh in "How To Make A Killing In Bollywood".

Cast - Jessica Lucia Andrade (top left), Kadir Adam Buksh (top right), Umar Butt (bottom left), Manjot Sumal (bottom right).
Cast - Jessica Lucia Andrade (top left), Kadir Adam Buksh (top right), Umar Butt (bottom left), Manjot Sumal (bottom right).

Written by:- Manjot Sumal & Umar Butt. 

Directed by:- Umar Butt.

Writer Manjot Sumal and Writer/Director Umar Butt discuss the script.
Writer Manjot Sumal and Writer/Director Umar Butt discuss the script.

What the critics say about “How To Make A Killing In Bollywood”:- 

“From beginning to end, the actors keep your attention with their energy, enthusiasm, and comic timing. The realistic dialogue only adds to the charm of the play. I expect this show to do really well.” - A Locals Guide to the Fringe 5/5

“With insightful dialogue about the acting profession, this is an excellent hour's entertainment.” - Broadway Baby 4/5  

“This black comedy is a wee gem. It’s a testament to the quality of some theatre being produced in Scotland that can often be lacking from the major companies.” - Edinburgh Spotlight 4/5 

“Definitely recommended and thoroughly enjoyable.” - Simon Mayo Drivetime - BBC Radio 2 

“Featuring hilarious riffs on racial stereotyping, there’s no denying that the show has a pulsating energy that would put plenty of bigger budget productions to shame.” - Alan Chadwick - STV 

“It was fantastic. Loved the Bollywood references and it takes you on an emotional rollercoaster.” - The Tommy Sandhu Show - BBC Asian Network 

“I enjoyed the first half for the comedy and the dancing, and the second half was a well acted drama about love, friendship and betrayal. A thought provoking and well acted show which asks what one is prepared to pay to pursue ones dreams.” - www.squirrelcomedy.com 

“This production really delivers. Crude, crass and comical, the portrayal of Indian, Pakistani and Scottish stereotypes is done in a manner that is enlightening yet entertaining. A promising insight into the future of Scottish theatre.” - Three Weeks 

“This was a very entertaining hour. It has comedy as well as pathos, it covers some interesting commentary on racial and cultural identity. Definitely worth a look.” - Irene Brownlee - East Coast FM 

“A play so much richer than it appears; about friendship, ambition and the lengths people will go to realise their dreams. A play of light and dark; of life and death; of laughter and sorrow. A play that people need to see.” - Jake Campbell - Writer from South Shields

"How To Make A Killing In Bollywood" poster.
"How To Make A Killing In Bollywood" poster.

Risks and challenges

Being creative is a risk. Making theatre is a risk.
Although we've had success with our past performances, although audiences and critics across the country have raved about our show and although we've received 4 & 5 star reviews, we are still a small and independent production. Our biggest challenge is ensuring that everyone is paid for their hard work. Without them the show won't go ahead. Without you the show won't go ahead.
So come join us.
Come and help us Make A Killing In Bollywood.

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