MIN RATNA BAJRACHARYA
So when members of the Elite Ladies Circle-2 asked him to take part in a play to raise funds for charity, he jumped at the chance. "I have always wanted to act but never really had the opportunity," Golcha said. "This time everything fell neatly into place. Although I have never acted before, it has been a good experience."
Playing a character named Claude Faithwell, a ruthless 50-year-old millionaire who has just ditched his pregnant secretary after a three-year affair, Golcha quickly finds he's a deeply unpopular man. His former airhostess wife (Prerna Golcha) knows of his affair but doesn't care because she's having one of her own with a hunky blackmailing masseur (Amit Begani).
His alcoholic, heavily indebted stepbrother (Sunil Mehta) hates him because their father left all his wealth to Claude. And his secretary's husband (Sanjay Golcha), a former pilot, wants to kill him because he too has found out about the affair.
Confused? With a plot like that, it's perhaps not surprising that Claude is soon dead-murdered at his own house-warming party.
If you want to find out what happened next, you'll have to go to the Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza next week, where Golcha and his friends Sabita Bagaria, Anand Bagaria, Anil Jagnani, Anit Begani, Rashmi and Sashi Todi will reveal all. All proceeds from the play will go to the Self-Help Group for Cerebral Palsy Nepal.
Professional actor Asha Magarati, who has appeared in Kagbeni and other dramas, took responsibility for turning Golcha's amateur cast into a seasoned team.
"For first-time actors, it is a bit difficult," she said. "But everyone is putting in a lot of effort." She was impressed with Shekhar Golcha's dedication to the role: "He has tried to get into the character and acted really well. It doesn't really look like he is acting for the first time."
Murder at Faithwell Manor will take place at Hotel Soaltee Crowne Plaza on 20 June at 7PM. Tickets Rs 1,500.