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    Paritosh Painter promises chills and laughs with See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, Do No Evil

    Comedy is key for director-playwright Paritosh Painter. Starting with movies like Dhamaal and Paying Guest to plays like Get Rid of My Wife, he’s even done a stand-up act, Women Decoded, that premiered last year in Mumbai. The director is now back in the city (after five years) with his two-hour thriller-comedy, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, Do No Evil. “One minute it will make you anxious about what’s going to happen, the next you’ll be rolling with laughter,” he promises, adding, “The story is about three disabled people who are accused of murder.”
    First-up
    According to Painter, the play that premiered in Mumbai five years ago, is an adaptation of a Gujarati short play that he watched at an intercollegiate event. “We have revamped it a lot—we’ve added characters, better visuals and newer jokes. As for the actors, we have Ashiesh Roy, Balvinder Singh Suri, Delnaaz Iran and Barkha Bisht Sengupta. I have worked with most of them before,” he says.
    Why so serious?
    Painter is clear about sticking to comedy. “I know people in Mumbai who are into serious plays. But when you make a living out of theatre, you need to know what sells. And people are ready to pay `1,000 to watch a comedy as they want to leave with a smile. Though I like serious plays, like the ones performed at Prithvi Theatre, I won’t venture there yet,” says the 42-year-old. His next Bollywood offering? Santa Banta, a comedy with Vir Das and Boman Irani.
    At Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Hall, tomorrow, from 7.30 pm onwards. Details: 9841144100

    —Mrinalini Sundar

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