INDIAN PEOPLE'S THEATRE ASSOCIATION
Simla Coffee House
Simla Coffee House
Written & Directed by :
Set Design :
Akbar / Ronak
SIMLA COFFEE HOUSE
is a play that revolves mostly in a small and
quaint cafe. But one should not get mislead neither by its quaintness
nor by its unassuming waiter Satish Kumar Pandit.
This qaint and quite coffee shop is the haunt of a famous author, Mr.
Anup Chander, famous for his series of novels, all titled TERE
CHHALL . Sitting and writing here Anup Chander gives words to his
narrative twists and turns.... making its protagonist Tarun Mathur the
receiver of all sorts of deception and torment of soceity.
The story begins with Anup Chander sitting at the cafe working on his
latest installment of TERE CHHALL, his identity a secret from most
people around. Though he shares some light moments with the waiter
Satish who keeps serving him coffee at regular intervals along with his
This is when Rahul Verma enters the scene. One gradually realizes
that He is a very big fan of Anup Chander and has read all the novels
of the series of TERE CHHALL over and over again. He comes out to
be a character of volatile emotions. At one moment he could sweet
talking his much revered author and at another he could be errupting
in anger on the garrulous waiter Satish.
Rahul verma's reverence for Anup Chander is almost of fanatical
proportions. After having introduced himself to Anup Chander, and
establishing a rapport with the bemused writer, he gives him a shock.
Because Rahul Verma knows almost every thing about Anup
Chander. He knows where Anup Chander lives. How big is his house,
the area of the flat, the color scheme that he wears, his perfume, his
watch, his eating drinking and smoking habbits and even his bank
details. Anup Chander realizes that this mad cap is nothing short of a
Though Anup Chander is highly impressed by the appearance of this
ardent fan but one question starts tickling him as well as the viewers.
"WHAT THE HELL DOES HE WANT".
All this while the waiter Satish keeps intervening which Rahul Verma
hates. The verbal tiffs between the two create funny situations. At
times Rahul Verma physically assaults Satish and some sort of a duel
too ensues, but Satish gives it back with the same vigour and comic
By now This lunacy of Rahul Verma is way too much for Anup to
handle. He is about to dismiss him when Rahul Verma's wife actually
appears with a snobbish lawyer. They have traced Rahul Verma to
the cafe to serve him a divorce notice, leaving him a nervous wreck.
Anup Chander realizes that its time for him to take control of the
scenario. After all at some level he feels responsible the mental mess
of Rahul verma. The snobbish lawyer of Rahul's wife refuses to even
talk and crease out the differences. Finally Anup Chander comes up
with a big ace and the snob lawyer has no choice but to surrender.
The cafe is turned into a court on room and the proceedings start. The
judge is none other than the waiter.
This play has an amazing quotient of intrigue, humour, psychic
outbursts, and rip roaring laughter. It keeps the audience on their witty
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