Happy Birthday Sunita introduces audiences to British Punjabi family the Johals on the evening of daughter Sunita’s fortieth birthday. As the curries simmer and rotis are smothered in full-fat butter, years of family drama bubbling under the surface start to boil over. Happy Birthday Sunita is a family comedy drama. The play is currently touring the UK (September and October) and has been a huge hit amongst fans and critics. Produced by award winning British theatre company Rifco Arts, Happy Birthday Sunita was written by actress and writer Harvey Virdi.Leading the star cast is one of India’s finest actresses, Shabana Azmi who plays Tejpal, the matriarch of the Johal house. Shabana’s illustrious career spans four decades, a multi-award winning actress including five National Film Awards for Best Actress. She has starred in over one hundred films, including Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children.
Happy Birthday Sunita also stars leading British screen and stage talent such as Ameet Chana (BBC’s Eastenders, Bend It Like Beckham), Goldy Notay (Gurinder Chadha’s It’s a Wonderful Afterlife), Russell Floyd (BBC’s Eastenders, ITV’s The Bill).