[PHOTOS] Gadha aur Gadda: A play by Naseeruddin Shah

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Kolkata: ‘Gadha aur Gadda’, a Hindi play directed by Naseeruddin Shah inspired by the works of one of India’s first Urdu satirists was staged on the fifth day of the Minerva National Drama Festival at Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata.

The play consisted of selections from master satirist Krishen Chander’s celebrated works such as ‘Hindi Ka Naya Kaida’ and ‘Ek Gaddhe Ki Aatmakatha’.

His stories reflect the struggles faced by the common man in today’s world. His style is quite similar to that of famed cartoonist RK Laxman.

The play, which featured Naseeruddin Shah, Faisal Rashid, Saahil Vaid, Dhruv Kalra and Ahana Kumra among others, showcased brilliant script and acting.

“Intolerance was always present in the past, and will remain in the future,” said Shah.

Though the play used minimal set design, lighting and music effects, the theme proved very relatable to the audience.

Naseeruddin Shah in the play


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Short Films Difficult to Make As They Have to be Brief: Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah: Short films difficult to make than feature films

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Naseeruddin Shah stars in the short film, "The Wallet". Wikimedia Commons

Naseeruddin Shah stars in the short film, “The Wallet”, and the veteran actor cannot seem to stop praising the film’s debutant director Saumitra Singh. This is an entertainment news.

“Just as miniature is more difficult to make than a large canvas, short stories are more difficult than to write a novel, I feel short films are also difficult to make than feature films, since they have to be brief.

“Among all the short films I have done in the past couple of years, I would recommend ‘The Wallet’, written and directed by Saumitra Singh, which is a very simple, sweet and moving story. I really enjoyed working on it even though it is helmed by a first-time director. He was very clear with what he wanted.”

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“I feel short films are also difficult to make than feature films, since they have to be brief,” says Naseeruddin Shah. Wikimedia Commons

The short film recently released on Jio Cinema and it features Shah with Navni Parihar in pivotal roles. The film narrates an incomplete love story of an elderly couple.

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Writer-director Saumitra Singh explained why every project was important to him: “Every project, every journey is a learning experience. Yes, it’s often a roller coaster ride, but that’s the fun of it. I feel grateful to have worked with great icons of our film industry like Naseeruddin Shah and Navni Parihar.”

“The Wallet” has garnered much appreciation in the festival circuit around the globe, winning over 50 awards across festivals. (IANS)

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Theatres replicating Films by depending on Set Designs to show different Scenes, says Noted Film and Theatre Actor Naseeruddin Shah

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Aligarh, May 5, 2017: Noted film and theatre actor and director Naseeruddin Shah on Thursday said that theatres have started replicating films by depending on set designs to show different scenes and somewhere the basic message of the theatre has been lost.

Delivering the Professor Zahida Zaidi Memorial lecture at AMU, the versatile actor, also a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan recipient, Shah recalled his journey from being an AMU student attending the Department of English to his illustrious career, adding he owed his success to Professor Zahida Zaidi.

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Shah said she was “a feisty lady” in the English department of the university, who introduced him to Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer”, Eugene Ionesco’s “The Lesson” and “The Chairs”, Edward Albee’s “Zoo Story”, Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”, Anton Chekhov’s “A Proposal” and many other continental plays.

“I still remember Zahida Apa (Prof Zahida Zaidi) for her ‘perceptiveness and intellectual capacity’, who introduced me to literature I might not otherwise have read,” he said.

“At the age of 17, I was sure to become an actor, but didn’t know how to pursue an acting career.

“My parents wanted me to follow the footsteps of my elder brothers, but I knew I couldn’t join IIT or qualify NDA,” said Shah adding that I was lucky to join AMU and have a teacher like Professor Zahida Zaidi, who took me to the National School of Drama (NSD) in Delhi and urged me to join NSD after graduating from the AMU.

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“Prof Zaidi had then urged me to pursue a career in theatre and acting as she recognised my talents,” said Shah.

Prof Zaidi taught him that the real idea of theatre is to send across a message to the audience, which needs not be done with music, set designs and all the glamour, according to him.

While presiding over the function, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah (Veteran) said that often people ask him as to how his brother, Naseeruddin Shah, became an actor.

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“I always quipped that my brother ran away from home to become an actor, but the reality is that he was lucky to attend AMU under the guidance of his teacher, Professor Zaidi, who showed him the right path to his career,” said General Shah.

He added that he can proudly say that his brother is best and the most versatile of actors in India and he never misses any of his movies.

General Shah pointed out that the success Naseeruddin Shah has received is because of the values he learnt as a student in the AMU. (IANS)

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Actress Vidya Balan hopes audience will connect with her new film “Begum Jaan”

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Mumbai, Apr 8, 2017: Actress Vidya Balan hopes the audience connects with her new film “Begum Jaan”, in which she plays the madam of a brothel.

“The film’s trailer and songs have got overwhelming response from the audience and they are eagerly waiting to watch the film. I hope people will connect with the film”, Vidya said at a special screening of the film here on Friday.

“Every time I make an attempt to present new and unusual stories for the audience. And when this film came to me, I was so excited that I thought to start shooting for the film on that day itself. The character and dialogues of ‘Begum Jaan’ are so strong and with so much of attitude that I just couldn’t stop myself from doing this film,” she added.

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“Begum Jaan” is an adaptation of Bengali film “Rajkahini”. The movie also features Gauahar Khan, Ila Arun, Pallavi Sharda, Chunky Pandey, Flora Saini, Raviza Chauhan, Poonam Rajput and Naseeruddin Shah.

Scheduled to release on April 14, it is directed by Srijit Mukherji and produced by Vishesh Films and Play Entertainment.

Its screening was attended by Rekha, Alia Bhatt, Mukesh Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt, Jackky Bhagnani, Ashish Vidyarthi and Kabir Khan and Siddharth Roy Kapur among others. (IANS)