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Rajendra Moodley: 'Is It Because I'm Indian?' at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015

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Music blasts through the theatre. It reminds me of Slumdog Millionaire… Bollywood style. Rajendra comes out in bare feet. There is but one prop on stage (an orange turban), very little sound or lighting therefore, to be compelling, the performance has to rely on voice, gestures and expressions. This is no easy task. Perhaps this is Rajendra 's technique for getting the audience to focus entirely on him and his true life story.

Raj's monologue is faultless. He presents himself as a self-styled slashie (a writer/actor). He is an underemployed, determined and resilient 'curry muncher' who throughout life has only been selected by casting agents if a 'shortsighted midget with buckteeth' was needed. He's never been a taxi driver but he has sold perfume in order to survive.

This is a poignant life reflection has the audience silently edging forward in their seats one minute and laughing the next. Despite significant life challenges, his story is not depressing. He manages to punctuate the mood regularly and induce a heartfelt smile.

Underneath the storytelling lies a heart-touching tale that should make non-Indians cringe. It takes on stereotypes and multicultural 'tolerance' and casts doubt on the 'good old Aussie Fair go way'. In the eyes of this Indian it's fairly predictable that the desire to fit in will be more like 'get out of the way' and 'don't call, we'll call you!'

Raj is the sort of person that you would like for your son. He has followed his dreams relentlessly regardless of the consequences. Moodley heeds his late father's advice to 'keep your eye on the ball'. He never lets it drop. Raj demands attention and he gets it.

His name is Raj, not Marj, not Marg, not Mark, but Rajendra and yes, he is Indian (sometimes at his own peril). Take a break out of your 'busy hard life' and give Raj the break he deserves. Go see his show 'Is it because I'm Indian?' and you can answer this question and raise some others.

Raj is a talented reflective performer and writer whose show is unlike anything you have seen before. This show has proven success at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2014 and the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015.

Tickets and are: Full $25, Concession $20 and Preview $20 or for those who want a meal before or after the show - the Curry Muncher Meal & Show option is priced at $40 ($35 concession)* This includes a choice of two curries and rice, or a burger (including Bollywood Burger and Butter Chicken Burger), large Indian fries and a drink.

*Get That India is located at 133 Commercial Rd, South Yarra.
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*Jeni Wilson was invited as a guest
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Cost: $20-$40
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