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    Gardish Mein Taare premieres in the city

    Offering a glimpse into the glamorous world of retro Bollywood is producer Randhir Roy with the play Gardish Mein Taare. Directed by Saif Hyder Hasan, the story explores the turbulent marriage of late filmmaker and actor, Guru Dutt and singer, Geeta Dutt. Brought to the stage by Panache Media, founded by Roy, the production follows a long list of other events and concerts curated by the team to promote Indian talent and bring to light untold stories from the country’s past. “For example, we are currently working on a play that will highlight the life of singer, Jagjit Singh. Everyone knows him, but not many know his story,” explains Roy.
    Starring actors Arif Zakaria and Sonali Kulkarni, the plot of Gardish Mein Taare reflects the two artistes’ dedication to cinema and how they ultimately chose their art over their relationship. “It’s a text-heavy piece so remembering the lines is challenging. But what is more challenging is delivering poetic lines that had to come off looking conversational and natural,” explains Zakaria, adding, “Essentially, it’s a take on marriage, and there is a lot that married couples can identify with.” Apart from the themes of love and loss, the narrative also paints a picture of the film industry during the 60s.
    Having been staged in cities such as Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Kolkata, it comes to Bengaluru for its 25th show. “The Bengaluru audience always needs a good subject. So I’m sure it will be well received. However, we have tweaked the language a bit to make it easy to follow for those not too familiar with Hindi,” says Roy about the play which was written by Summana Ahmed.
    Tonight, 8 pm. At Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Malleswaram. Tickets (`500 upwards) on bookmyshow.com

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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