Auckland, March 14, 2019
The illustrious Zoroastrian community in Auckland will celebrate their New Year with fun and laughter with a Parsi Comedy called, ‘Tirangi Tehmul,’ on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Playhouse Theatre located at 15 Glendale Road in Glen Eden, Auckland.
About the Play
It is often said that ‘Love is a many splendored thing,’ but what happens if a man has three girlfriends and all of them live in the same house?
“Disaster,” you would say, but ‘Tirangi Tehmul’ has turned the situation into a full length comedy.
Tehmul (portrayed by Nivzer Dadabhoy) is a happy-go-journalist living in the house of his rich uncle along with three girlfriends Binaifer (Delshad Kalantary), Rita (Bhumika Sareen Khanna) and Mini (Aliza Biviji).
Aflatoon (Freddy Dastur), an Iranian servant is his supporter, helper and guide.
The Play turns in to rollercoaster of confusion and laughter when Tehmul’s friend, Dadi (Kaizad Karkaria) arrives from Germany and stays with him.
As Dadi tries to get close to one of the girlfriends, he helps Tehmul to manage the ever-changing shared accommodation rosters of three possessive girlfriends.
In another twist, ‘Muncher Kaka’ (Uncle) played by Rahul Redey, owner of the property, with an aversion to women, insists that Tehmul should not have any girlfriend or wife.
“Women are big trouble!” he says and arrives at Tehmul’s house without notice and begins a hide-and-seek game.
Produced directed by Benifer Irani and Jayesh Batteriwala, ‘Tirangi Tehmul’ has been written by the late Dorab Mehta.
Ms Irani is a Marriage Celebrant and community worker engaged with Dr Mehta’s daughter to get the script from Mumbai.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the madness and humour of the ‘Parsi Bawa.’ Although in Farsi Gujarati language, everyone will be able to enjoy the laugh-a-minute comedy,” she said.
Ms Irani said that Mehta’s another play was performed in New Zealand.
“In 2015 the romantic-comedy ‘Jha Jov Tha Baira’ was presented at the Selwyn College Auditorium on the occasion of Parsi New Year, as a fundraiser for the Sixth World Zoroastrian Youth Congress.
“The forthcoming Play, ‘Tirangi Tehmul’ will be uproarious fun. The proceeds will be given to the ‘Foroud Shahalori Dar-be-Meher,’ the Parsi Place of Worship in Pakuranga, East Auckland,” Ms Irani said.
For more information and tickets, please text Benifer Irani on 021-0377262.
Zoroastrians in New Zealand
Zoroastrianism is an ancient, Pre-Islamic religion of Persia. As one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world, its people, referred to as Zoroastrians, are the followers of Prophet Zarathustra, who propagated a religion based on good thoughts, good words and good deeds.
New Zealand is home to one of the smallest migrant Zoroastrian communities, with many of its people members of the Zarathushtrian Association of New Zealand. It was established in 1996 to (a) preserve the cultural identity of Zoroastrians in the multicultural society of New Zealand (b) preserve and advance the tenets of the Zoroastrian religion amongst the members of the association and the Zoroastrian community in New Zealand and (c) make a cultural contribution to New Zealand’s society.
Over the years, ZANZ has facilitated the integration of newly arrived Zoroastrians into the Zoroastrian community as well as into New Zealand’s society. The Zoroastrian community has grown rapidly in the past decade and it aims to reach out to the wider community of New Zealand and its leadership, in order to firmly establish the important role and contributions of Zoroastrians in New Zealand.
In the past, the non-profit organisation has organised several successful events, including Navroze (New Year), sports competitions and plays. The youth organise Christmas parties, prayer classes and holiday events.