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Night to remember

M.S. Sathyu's `Raat' is being staged in the city

PHOTO: MOHD YOUSUF

PLAY TIME Anjan Srivastava is all set to enthral

The Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation's next theatre presentation will be national director, M.S. Sathyu's Raat written by Javed Siddiqui and based on Ariel Dorfman's internationally acclaimed play Death and the Maiden, a Broadway hit.

Says ad film-maker and theatre producer, Mohammad Ali Baig, "The original is based in Chile in a period of dictatorship whereas Raat is set in present day India, highlighting the treatment and abuse of political activists, especially women."

The play features popular film and television actors Anjan Srivastava (Page 3, Dus, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi) Rashmi Sharma (Ek Chadar Maili Si) and Surendra Gupta and has music by the renowned Bollywood composer Kuldip Singh. Padmashree awardee and winner of many Filmfare awards, M.S. Sathyu, known for his landmark film on India's partition, Garam Hawa has designed and directed this thriller. Sathyu is also well known for introducing actors like Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi to Bollywood. He says, "In the foundation's quest of bringing professional standard theatre to Hyderabad, we are presenting this universal play as a tribute to theatre doyen, Qadir Ali Baig."

The play is being staged in association with ITC Hotel Kakatiya Sheraton, A.P. Tourism and Tata Indicom on Saturday, August 6 at 7.45 p.m. at the Hyder Mahal, Kakatiya Sheraton and on Sunday, August 7 at 7.00 p.m. at the new indoor auditorium of the historical Taramati Baradari. Donor passes of Rs. 250 and 100 for the show on August 7 are available at A. A. Hussain's (Abids), Walden's (Begumpet), Music World (Banjara Hills), Tata Indicom Centre (S.P. Road) and True Value Hub (Bank Street, Koti).

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