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SHIFAALI SHAH IN HER THEATER COMEBACK PLAY- ‘BUS ITNA SA KHWAB’
Posted By Shruti Sharma on 2010-09-01 15:55:52
Bollywood’s Ace Film-Maker & Producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah and his Actress wife Shifaali Shah had the second showcase of their play ‘Bus Itna Sa Khwab’ late night on 22nd August, 2010 at Rangsharda theatre, Bandra in Mumbai. The show was yet again a houseful after the hugely successful opening last week. Like on its premiere, this show was also well attended by the superstars of Indian Film Industry who extended their support and respect to Vipul and Shifaali’s decision of come back to theatre after 14 and 10 years respectively. The big names from the film fraternity included the Bachchan Family i.e. Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan with wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Akshay Kumar with wife Twinkle, Film Makers Ashutosh Gowarikar and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Shifaali’s mesmerizing performance left the audience awestruck and everyone including the present celebrities gave her and the team of the play a standing ovation. Shifaali got very emotional at such a grand reception and could not stop her tears that reflected happiness.
‘Bus Itna Sa Khwab’ is originally a Marathi play called Dhyanimani. This play is directed in Hindi by famous Marathi Film Maker & Theatre Director, who had actually directed the original play Dhyanimani, Chandrakant Kulkarni. It was premiered on 15th Aug, 2010 at Rangsharda Auditorium in Mumbai for the first time followed by the second show on 22nd August, 10 at the same venue. Vipul is the presenter of the play, Shifaali Shah the female lead and Kiran Karmarkar is the male lead. It also casts Adhir Bhat, Abir Abrar and master Mohit.
Vipul has been a part of four plays before this and intends to be more active now. "I was eagerly waiting for the feedback of the audience outside the auditorium coz all the cast has done great job and they deserved a round of applause for their hard work. I know for sure that this play will set the bars high for theatre. Since its opening we have seen a great support by the audience and ofcourse our film fraternity. I thank them all for all their love and respect they have showered." says Vipul.
Vipul offered Shifaali two-three plays before they got married to him, but Shifaali’s busy schedule did not permit her to be a part of those. Shifaali herself was very excited to be back on stage and the fact that it is the first play that both husband and wife are a part of. "I had started my acting career with theatre. And then TV happened, then movies, then marriage and then kids. And this is why theatre took a backseat for 10 years. Unlike movies, theatre is an excessively demanding platform. You have to be 100 per cent committed here and can’t give excuses like, ‘today my kid is not well and I need to spend some time with my family’. Also in these 10 years nothing great came my way. But now I am ready to give my 100 per cent to it and this is when Vipul and I thought that we should approach Chandrakant Kulkarni, the director of the original Marathi version, and ask him if he is interested in making a Hindi version of it. This was one of the best plays of its time and for an actress this play is a treat. I couldn’t have thought of a better play for a comeback. I am playing Shalini’s character which has got so many layers to it. She’s the most relatable woman and yet she can surprise you. My challenge is to portray her in a way that everyone can identify with her. Imagine, there are pages and pages of soliloquy which I am still struggling with! Also the support that our film fraternity has shown us is just so touching. I am very thankful to them."
Dhyanimani is a Marathi play that was showcased for the first time ever, 15 years back. It is a socio-psychological thriller. It talks about the purpose of life and how reality is replaced by illusions. Kulkarni had directed this play 15 years ago as well and had got a lot of accolades for it. "This play was written by Prashant Dalvi and we had shown 500 shows of this play at that time. When Vipul and Shifaali approached me to direct the Hindi version, I was very happy and immediately accepted the offer. We are planning to make this a national level play and will certainly try to take this to an international level," says Chandrakant Kulkarni, the director of the play.
Last Updated on 2010-09-01 15:55:52