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Star Indian Actors Sonali Kulkarni &ArifZakaria Speak at Press Conference Hosted by ARRA Arts in Partnership with LAC

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Hindi Play ‘Gardish Mein Taare’ Coming Soon to the Living Arts Centre

Mississauga, ON:On April 10, 2019, ARRA Arts hosted a press conference in partnership with the Living Arts Centre to shed light on GARDISH MEIN TAARE, an award-winning Hindi play coming to the LAC on April 26, 2019 at 8:00pm in Hammerson Hall. Tickets start at $30. 

            The press conference began with an introduction from the CEO of ARRA Arts Inc., Anu Srivastava, and the CEO of the Living Arts Centre, Natalie Lue. “ARRA Arts has and will always be dedicated to bringing high-caliber South Asian arts, music, and culture to Canada; in such a multicultural country, we want to bridge these cultural links and celebrate the diversity of Canadians,” said Anu Srivastava.Natalie Lue added, “It is an absolute pleasure to be partnering with ARRA Arts for a second time after their resounding success bringing ‘Broken Images’ to the Living Arts Centre last year, starring the outstanding ShabanaAzmi, and we know this performance will be no different.”

            Sonali Kulkarni and ArifZakaria, the two actors starring in GARDISH MEIN TAARE, as well as the Director, SaifHyder Hasan, were present for interviews via video chat from India, providing even more personal insight into this brilliant performance. Both spoke passionately about their roles: “It is almost as if the characters and ourselves have become one; it doesn’t seem like we are portraying other people anymore, we have gotten so closely linked to these characters,” said Sonali Kulkarni. ArifZakaria commented on the beautiful stage set, and the strong connections between the story and the fast-paced era of Indian cinema in the 50s, 60s and 70s. “Those who have a cultural link to India will definitely feel connected to the music, the history, and the nostalgia” said ArifZakaria.

            Director SaifHyder Hasan also shed some light on the research that went into creating GARDISH MEIN TAARE. Throughout his life, he has had many connections with Guru Dutt (portrayed by ArifZakaria), pouring over Guru Dutt’s work and life. “This performance is not meant to be biographical; it is heavily inspired by the lives of husband and wife, Guru and GeetaDutt, but the way we tell their story is very personal and relatable to any audience,” he said.

GARDISH MEIN TAARE (English Translation: ‘Stars in the Sky’) is directed by SaifHyder Hassan and performed in Hindi with English subtitles. This somewhat musical play explores the pain, pathos, magic and music inspired by the turbulent times and relationship shared by two mavericks – Guru Dutt and his wife GeetaDutt – portrayed by renowned actors,ArifZakaria and Sonali Kulkarni. The era of the 50s and 60s is brought to life with beautiful lyrics, hit music and stunning sets to help audiences reminisce about this poignant age of Hindi film. Director SaifHyder Hasan subtly shines light on the turmoil and inner conflicts that a husband and wife go through in a marriage when careers and ambitions intrude on a relationship, incorporating fictional elements and real-life incidents in Guru Dutt’s life that make for a thoroughly entertaining watch.

            Tickets can be bought through the Living Arts Centre’s Box Office (905-306-6000) or online at www.livingartscentre.ca/theatre-performances/gardish-mein-taare. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are available by calling the Box Office.

LAC in Partnership with ARRA Arts Presents:

Gardish Mein Taare

Hindi Play Pays Tribute to the Creatively Volatile Era of Indian Cinema in the 1950s

Mississauga, ON: On April 26, 2019, The Living Arts Centre in partnership with ARRA Arts presents GARDISH MEIN TAARE in Hammerson Hall. Tickets start at $30. Group discounts for 10 or more are available by calling the Box Office.

GARDISH MEIN TAARE (English Translation: ‘Stars in the Sky’) is directed by SaifHyder Hassan and performed in Hindi with English subtitles. This somewhat musical play explores the pain, pathos, magic and music inspired by the turbulent times and relationship shared by two mavericks – Guru Dutt and his wife GeetaDutt – portrayed by renowned actors,ArifZakaria and Sonali Kulkarni.

The era of the 50s and 60s is brought to life with beautiful lyrics, hit music and stunning sets to help audiences reminisce about this poignant age of Hindi film. Director SaifHyder Hasan subtly shines light on the turmoil and inner conflicts that a husband and wife go through in a marriage when careers and ambitions intrude on a relationship, incorporating fictional elements and real-life incidents in Guru Dutt’s life that make for a thoroughly entertaining watch!

visually striking sets, rich music and poetic narration… Gardish Mein Taare gains from mature performances by ArifZakaria and Sonali Kulkarni”   –   Mumbai Theatre Guide

terrific dialogue delivery…brilliant performance” – SonaliKulkarni.org

Director SaifHyder Hasan has beautifully [brought] back a glimpse of the Flaring Fifties” – Audience Member

SaifHyder Hasan(Director) started his career as a trainee copywriter. He has worked as a journalist and is currently Director of Communications at Mouthshut.com. Hasan is the Producer/Director of nine acclaimed plays including EkMulaqaat, Gardish Mein Taare and Mr. and Mrs. Murarilal, which have been staged to public and critical acclaim. He has worked with top-class actors like Deepti Naval, Shekhar Suman, Sonali Kulkarni, Satish Kaushik, and ArifZakaria.

Sonali Kulkarni is an Indian actress, largely known for her roles in Doghi, Deool, DilChahta Hai, Singham, and Taxi No 9211. The Filmfare Awards in Marathi dubbed her “Best Actress” in 1996, 2015 and 2018, and she won “Best TV Performance of the Year” in the 1996 RAPA Awards. In 2002, Sonali Kulkarni won the National Film Award for her role in Chaitra.

ArifZakaria is an Indian actor, best known for his roles/involvement in Krrish3, My Name is Khan and Raazi. He received a National Film Award nomination for his role in Darmiyan, and has also traveled across Europe and Asia since 2005 with the Australian musical show Merchants of Bollywood.

ARRA Arts is a platform for hosting arts, music and cultural performances, fostering local arts talent, bridging the links to promote educational cultural exchange programs and celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Canadians. Anu Srivastava, CEO of ARRA Arts Inc., continues to bring high caliber international theatrical productions to Mississauga, Ontario.

 

 

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