Ek Se Bhale Do - a live comedy

DUBAI - Bollywood actress Pooja Batra will make her debut in theatre with the international premiere of the Hindi family comedy play Ek Se Bhale Do (Two Is Better Than One), set to be staged at the Zabeel Ball room of Hotel Inter-Continental today and tomorrow.

By Debasree S.

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Published: Fri 23 May 2003, 12:38 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:08 PM

Directed by Paritosh Painter and produced by Kamlesh Bhuptani, the play will feature a star cast including Pooja, Resham Sheth, Tanaaz Currim, Balwinder Singh Suri, veteran Harish Patel and Rohit Roy.

The two and a half hour play is the Hindi adaptation of Dinyar Contractor's I Love You Two that was held in Dubai sometime back.

However, the highlight of this play is the star cast that it has attracted. Mona, played by Pooja, lives in a swanky neighbourhood in Mumbai. Though divorced, she manages to lead a plush lifestyle by getting involved with two married men.

The play highlights the typical disintegration of social and moral values in the upper class modern milieu and is fast-paced, hilarious and boisterously entertaining. The plot thickens in the second half where Mona is almost on the verge of being caught at the game that she had been playing.

Speaking at a Press conference, Pooja who has recently tied the knot and shifted base to the US, said that she was looking at auditioning for cross-over movies and that her stint with theatre would help her a great deal, since theatre required a lot more commitment. "It's something that I am doing for myself and it is both challenging and rewarding," she told Khaleej Times.

Pooja's marriage was not the end of her career but she was definitely looking at more meaningful roles offered by good Indian directors. Dabbling with theatre in the mean time, she believed, would prepare her for the auditioning of international movies. Eighteen shows of the same play have been scheduled to be staged in the US while two shows will be staged in Singapore.

Popular television personalities like Tanaaz Currim and Rohit Roy also feature in the play. Speaking on the occasion, Roy said that Hindi theatre in India was becoming a commercially viable proposition, attracting sponsors as well as the best of talent.

He also talked about his forthcoming film, the much-awaited J. P. Dutta's Line of Control (LOC).

Veteran television and theatre personality Harish Patel also expressed satisfaction over the popularity of Hindi theatre and said that the audience were returning to theatre because the kind of entertainment offered by television and cinema fell far-short of their expectations.

Also present on the occasion was Jasjit Singh Jaaj, General Manager, Promotions, Public Relations and Circulation, Khaleej Times and Group General Manager, Galadari Travel, and representatives from Standard Chartered and Transworld Group of Companies.

The play is being organised by Signature Events and sponsored by Standard Chartered, Western Union Money Transfer, Transworld Group of Companies, Nabeel Perfumes, Khaleej Times and 89.1 Radio 4FM.

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