Why Not Theatre presents Beyond Bollywood featuring Naseeruddin Shah LIVE in Toronto

Why Not Theatre presents Beyond Bollywood featuring Naseeruddin Shah LIVE in Toronto

Why Not Theatre, the Dora Award-winning company who last brought us the smash hit A Brimful of Asha this past March in co-production with Tarragon Theatre, presents Beyond Bollywood, featuring internationally renowned Bollywood star Naseeruddin Shah, along with his accomplished actor wife Ratna Pathak Shah and Heeba Shah in two critically acclaimed shows by Motley Theatre: Dear Liar (in English) and Ismat Apa Ke Naan (in Hindi). Additional events include the screening of the award-winning film Amal followed by a discussion with its star, Naseeruddin Shah, and writer/director Richie Mehta. Beyond Bollywood opens September 28 with a special Opening Night Gala and runs until October 7 at the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre.

Beyond Bollywood featuring Naseeruddin Shah

Dear Liar,
by Jerome Kilty, was adapted from the amorous correspondence of canonical playwright George Bernard Shaw and actress, Mrs. Patrick Campbell. The play chronicles their deep mutual admiration and love (despite both of them being married and not to each other!) and the very significant era of history (1895 to 1939) which was witness not only to innumerable path-breaking accomplishments in the theatre but also to both World Wars and the end of Edwardian Era and with it, that particular way of life so dear to people like Mrs. Campbell. Performed in English, this acclaimed drama runs September 28-30 at the brand new Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre, the first major theatre production to be programmed at the new space.

Performed in Urdu/Hindi with English subtitles, Ismat Apa Ke Naam
runs October 5-7 at the same venue. Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah and Heeba Shah (their real life daughter) star in this lauded work based on a collection of three short stories by Ismat Chughtai (1915-1991), whose strong feminist ideology made her one of India’s most beloved, successful and controversial writers of her time. Taking the form of three monologues, it explores human relationships and tackles taboo and controversial subjects such as the sanctity of marriage and monogamy, the lives of rural women and the decline of the “Mughal” aristocracy at the turn of the 20th century, all told with Chughtai’s signature poetic flair.

In Conversation With…Naseeruddin Shah
, presented on October 3 by TIFF at TIFF Bell Lightbox, in association with Why Not Theatre, celebrates the body of work of Mr. Shah. Also on October 3, TIFF presents a screening of the award-winning film, Amal (2007)
, followed by a Q&A with its star Naseeruddin Shah and its Toronto-based director/screenwriter Richie Mehta. Sponsored by Audi, In Conversation With… is an initiative of TIFF and is presented in association with the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation to honour one of Canada's great journalists and on-air interviewers.

Buy tickets to Dear Liar & Ismat Apa Ke Naam

Naseeruddin Shah is one of Bollywood's most famous and talented superstars, has won dozens of awards and has millions of fans world over. His nearly four decades in film and theatre includes over 130 roles in Indian cinema, along with international hits such as Monsoon Wedding (Directed by Mira Nair), Amal (Directed by Richie Mehta) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Directed by Stephen Norrington & starring Sean Connery).

Founded in 2007, Why Not Theatre is a Toronto-based theatre company with an international scope. Under the Artistic Direction of Ravi Jain, Why Not has established a reputation as a company synonymous with inventive, experimental cross-cultural collaborations resulting in shows featuring new Canadian writing, company-devised shows alongside revitalized interpretations of classics.

Motley Theatre was formed by Naseeruddin Shah and Benjamin Gilani in 1979. The group went on to produce several short and full-length English plays and has for the last eight years been performing in Hindustani as well. From being an itinerant troupe of two, Motley (later including Tom Alter, Ratna Pathak, Kenny Desai and Akash Khurana), now has a fairly large membership.

Beyond Bollywood is a unique cross-over experience that seeks to highlight the depth and high-quality work coming out of India and encourage diversity in performing arts audiences. This is the first time in the history of Canadian stages that a non-white actor, let alone a Bollywood star, will play George Bernard Shaw.

Ticketing Information

Dear Liar

– September 28-30, 2012 (in English). Performances Sept 28 & 30 at 7:30pm; Sept 29 at 1:30pm.
Ismat Apa Ke Naam

– October 5-7, 2012 (in Urdu/Hindi with English surtitles). All performances at 7:30pm.
Ticket Prices for all shows: $88/$44 ($22 students). Family Pack of four – $100.

Tickets for In Conversation With… : $18.75.
Tickets for Amal and Q&A with Naseeruddin Shah and Richie Mehta: $12, on sale September 19 and to TIFF Members September 12

Ask about the VIP Experience – Special Front Row seating, exclusive access to an intimate post-show Q&A with the stars (only 30 VIPs per night), and a complimentary ticket to TIFF’s In Conversation With… and special screening of Amal on Oct 3, 2012.

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This event is proudly sponsored by MyBindi.com.