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A theatre festival that puts stars Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah under the same banner

Indianstage brings together two well-known faces of Indian cinema for, Legends of Stage, a two-day theatre festival where stalwarts Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah take the stage over the weekend.

culturelead4What’s in store
The event will start off with Dear Father, a play that Rawal describes as an ‘emotional thriller.’ He plays  a double role of a father and a police inspector. Directed by Dinkar Jani, the cast also includes Mrinmayeee and Chetan Dhanani. “Something terrible happens at the start of the play. But the family is unclear as to whether it was an accident or a suicide,” Rawal explains.

In Kishan Vs Kanhaiya, Rawal  plays Kishanlal Mehta, a nastik (atheist) antique shop owner. When an earthquake destroys his shop, he is forced to believe that it’s the act of god. Seeking vengeance, he files a lawsuit against Lord Krishna. Written by Bhavesh Mehta, Kishan’s character pokes fun at the bizarre customs we follow and the immoral ways of sadhus and godmen. The play is directed by Umesh Shukla and stars Chirag Vora, Jimit Trivedi, Puja Gupta, Ankit Trivedi apart from Rawal.

“Bangalore is known for a rich tradition when it comes to theatre, with playwrights like Girish Karnad. And the audience here is so discerning,” Rawal says, adding, “It’s an honour to share space with someone like Naseeruddin Shah. It would be a proud moment for any performer.”

A British affair
Directed by Satyadev Dubey, Dear Liar is an adaptation of the letters exchanged between George Bernard Shaw and Mrs Patrick Campbell, a stage actress from the 1900s with  Naseeruddin Shah playing the male lead. The plot explores the intriguing affair between the playwright and the actress, portrayed by Rathna Pathak Shah.

Curated by Sajesh Nair and his team, Legends of Stage aims to become a bi-annual affair, with a focus on performing artistes, both small and renowned. “We are a portal that’s main purpose is to promote the performing arts. We hope to bring all sorts of stage performances, like dance and music and not just theatre under this banner,” Nair, COO of Indianstage.in explains.

“Also, there is a dearth of theatre festivals in India, so we thought starting off our venture with theatre would be perfect,” he shares.
At Chowdaiah Memorial Hall, Malleshwaram. Tickets (`500 upwards) on indianstage.in

—Rashmi Rajagopal

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