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Actress Seema Biswas to highlight abuse of women with her play at the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival

The fiery actress who continues to inspire every generation with her sterling performance in the 1994 controversial movie Bandit Queen, is all set to floor Hyderabad with her interpretation of Tagore. Seema Biswas will don the role of a director and an actor, as the city gears up to pay tribute to the legendary theatre artiste from Hyderabad – Qadir Ali Baig in the upcoming theatre festival. She will be performing in the city after four years. At the seven-day event, she hopes to bring alive the Bengali letter Streer Patra / The Wife’s Letter on stage.
On how she adapted the letter format to a stage play, the 51-year-old actress says, “I travel a lot to villages and the women have often said inspiring things that I wanted to pass on to the world. I felt that I could connect Tagore’s work about women to what they said,” she explains. About the relevance of the play to the youth in India, she says, “They need to get the message that enough is enough and we women need to be safe too. We cannot achieve this without the co-operation of the men. Change begins at home.”
An alumnus of the National School of Drama, this is Seema’s third visit to the city. Surprisingly, what she loves about Hyderabad is the long drive from the airport. She will also be conducting a workshop about the craft of acting and how to become an actor. “Listen to your heart, not your brain. I believe that it will never guide you in the wrong direction,” she concludes. Seema will next be seen in Mohit Suri’s Half Girlfriend that will release in December.
Along with a performance by Seema Biswas, the festival will witness performances by artistes like Lillete Dubey, Tom Alter, Mohammad Ali Baig, Noor Baig, Mahesh Dattani at the 11th edition of Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Festival at multiple venues in the city. Season tickets for `3,000. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

— Nishad Neelambaran

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