Star Indian Actors Sonali Kulkarni & Arif Zakaria Speak at Press Conference Hosted by ARRA Arts in Partnership with LAC
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Mississauga, Apr 11 (Canadian-Media): A press conference was hosted yesterday by ARRA Arts in partnership with the Living Arts Centre (LAC) and shed light on an award-winning Hindi play, 'Gardish Mein Taare', coming to the LAC on April 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm in Hammerson Hall, media reports said.
“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 , CEO of ARRA Arts Inc during the conference.
“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 Shabana Azmi, and we know this performance will be no different, ” said Natalie Lue, CEO of LAC, during the conference
Sonali Kulkarni and Arif Zakaria, the two actors starring in 'Gardish Mein Taare', as well as the Director, Saif Hyder Hasan, were present for interviews via video chat from India, provided even more personal insight into this performance.
“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 Kulkarni.
Zakaria 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 and said,
“Those who have a cultural link to India will definitely feel connected to the music, the history, and the nostalgia” said Zakaria.
GARDISH MEIN TAARE (English Translation: ‘Stars in the Sky’), a musical play directed by Saif Hyder Hassan and performed in Hindi with English subtitles explores the pain, pathos, magic and music inspired by the turbulent times and relationship shared by two mavericks - Guru Dutt and his wife Geeta Dutt - portrayed by renowned actors, Arif Zakaria and Sonali Kulkarni.
Beautiful lyrics, hit music and stunning sets help audiences reminisce about this poignant age of Hindi films during 50s and 60s.
Saif Hyder Hasan, director of the drama 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.
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 Arif Zakaria), 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 Geeta Dutt, but the way we tell their story is very personal and relatable to any audience,” he said.
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.