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Spot Dada

Written by: Swanand Kirkire, Neena Kulkarni, Rohan Shah, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Harsh Chaaya, Rituraj Singh, Meera Damji, Riya Mukherjee, Saurabh Jain, Varun Garg
Narrated by: Swanand Kirkire, Neena Kulkarni, Rohan Shah, Rajeshwari Sachdev, Harsh Chaaya, Rituraj Singh, Meera Damji
  • Summary

  • Spot Dada is a 10-episode fictional series from Audible Suno, starring national award-winning actor Swanand Kirkire, Rajeshwari Sachdev and Neena Kulkarni. For the past 40 years, one man in Bollywood has seen it all. Manohar Patil, lovingly known as Spot Dada, started as a spot boy and went on to become the wise old Banyan tree on some of Bollywood’s most iconic sets. However, in the last twelve years, Manohar Patil’s career has nosedived, with a new generation of spot boys taking over. Embittered, cynical and jobless, he still hangs around the sets of large film studios parked endless cups of tea. One phone call from the 90s super star Nishma Kapoor changes everything. As Spot Dada plots ways to reinsert himself back into the role he has played for a lifetime, he finds shadows behind veils, everybody has an agenda, most have a secret and the spotlight twinkles on, blinding the darkness lurking on set.

    Disclaimer:

    This show contains expletives, strong language and mature content for Adult listeners, including intimate scenes that support the storyline. This is a work of fiction and any resemblance to real persons, businesses, places or events is coincidental. This show is not intended to offend or defame any individual, entity, caste, community, race, or religion or to denigrate any institution or person, living or dead. Listener discretion is strongly advised.

    ©2019 Audible Singapore Private Limited (P)2019 Audible Singapore Private Limited
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Episodes
  • Blast From The Past

    Blast From The Past

    Spot Dada, Episode 1
    Dec 11 2019

    In Episode 1, Manohar Patil lies at home, leaves aimlessly for a set - any set - to spend his day and his depleting self worth in. But his lies and his debts are catching up and there are moments he feels too exhausted to carry on. His wife Malti patiently toils on having taken on the mantle of provider. His struggling actor son Amit taunts him and mocks his misfortune. His creditors are hounding him. His old colleagues don’t lose an opportunity to humiliate him. Standing by the sea shore at day end, he wonders about the road ahead, he finds the waves almost inviting... when suddenly, one phone call changes everything.

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    47 mins
  • A Flood Of Memories

    A Flood Of Memories

    Spot Dada, Episode 2
    Dec 11 2019
    Just when he had his back totally to the wall, that one phone call from yesteryear's superstar Nishma Kapoor may change Spot Dada's fortunes. Nishma is launching her daughter Romana in Bollywood and who else will she trust other than her old faithful? Spot Dada wonders - could this be his ticket back to prosperity, as well as an opportunity for his struggling actor son Amit?
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    42 mins
  • A Star Studded Affair

    A Star Studded Affair

    Spot Dada, Episode 3
    Dec 11 2019
    Ramona’s launch party and introduction to all the biggies has Anirudh and Abhijeet Mehra, Jahangir Ali a.k.a. Bhaijaan, some senior press and some in-favour producers and managers. Spot Dada reveals to the audience the confusion about Ramona’s paternity and his Hamlet-esque dilemma begins: to be "wafadaar" or "samajhdaar"?
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    39 mins

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enjoy every minute

I was glued to this podcast, it was a roller coaster ride, hope to listen something similar to this

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a great listening experience

a very good story from the eyes of a spot boy. good time listening to it

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SPOT DADA

Recently, I discovered a new source of entertainment. The audio stories. My laziness provoked me to find something new and exciting and the pandemic allowed me a great amount of time to explore the world of audio stories. As per usual, I was browsing for the new applications and I found ‘SUNO’ audible application. I think I have developed a new hobby of discovering apps and analysing them. Well, that can lead me to review new apps maybe. But going back to ‘SUNO’, the app includes multi-genre stories like horror, thriller, romantic, intense, entertainment and few podcasts, talk shows plus religious and spiritual lectures. This app allows you to listen to your type of genres, at your comfortable place.

I found an extremely interesting and relevant story to the contemporary scenario of Bollywood. ‘SPOT DADA’, the journey of a spot boy in the most glamorous industry. The story is written by Riya Mukherjee, Saurabh Jain, Varun Garg and Sahib. The genre of the story is a drama (entertainment). It was published under the name of Riya Mukherjee word pictures on 31st January 2020, starring national award-winning actor Swanand Kirkire, Rajeshwari Sachdev, and Neena Kulkarni as the main characters. There are narrations of Harsh Chhaya, Meera Damji, Rituraj K Singh and Rohan Shah in different episodes.

The plot of the story is about Manohar Patil (Mannu Dada), a spot boy who has spent 40 years in Bollywood. Manohar Patil a wise man who has seen all kind of power, politics and rules of the industry. He knows the functionalities of this industry in detail. He has seen success and failure as well. He is the old tree of Bollywood’s most iconic set. The story develops by narrating his relation with the 90s superstar Nishma Kapoor. Manohar was in the illusion of having a friendly relationship with Nishma but later he discovered that she was just utilizing his experience for her own good. The story progresses by a critical game of Manohar to make his son a Bollywood star but unfortunately, things twisted and changes the game.

The audio story is all about voice-overs, folly artists and music. SPOT DADA has very strong music. The music gives a listener feels of the emotions. The voice-over artists are incredibly good. The folly artist has covered details for the show. The story will give you feels about watching the scenes in front of you. The more you listen to it, the more you can visualize. Swanand Kirkire as Manohar Patil exceptionally fantastic. His dialogues, tone, voice modulations have created an amazing vibe which holds the audience till the end. Rajeshwari Sachdev has passionately performed the role and her voice can portray the character very well. She uses two different accents to justify the character. Neena Kulkarni as a wife of Manohar Patil was totally into her character of a Marathi wife. Her Marathi accent attracted a lot of audiences.

One of the themes of the story is nepotism in Bollywood. The story encodes some characters and situations in the industry. There are some characters who project a few known personalities to the audience. The story mentions how dirty politics and favouritism, as well as nepotism, works in the industry. There is a description of the struggle of newcomers and outsiders. In recent times, Bollywood is facing a lot of backlash against nepotism and favouritism. Several actors have mentioned the proofs of facing nepotism on their way to success. This story can be a strong medium to spread the word. It favours real talent and support outsiders to be a part of Bollywood.

SPOT DADA is one of the most relevant stories for the current scenario. It caters entertainment, information, explains functionalities of the industry, projects politics and nature of the industry as well as the story ends with a strong message for the listeners.

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