Centre Stage Creations & Sanskriti Sagar presented its 4th edition of ‘Sabhagar Theatre Festival 2019’ at G.D. Birla Sabhagar, 6:30 pm onwards. Three different plays were showcased at the festival – ‘Raavan Ki Ramayan’, ‘Ballygunge 1990’ and ‘Titli Ki Maut’.
On the first day of the festival, the viewers were solely devoted into the play ‘Raavan Ki Ramayan’ which is written and directed by the very popular and famous director Atul Satya Koushik and production house of the Films and Theatre Society. The play stars well known famous names like – Puneet Issar, Nishtha Paliwal Tomar, Gaurav Jakhu, Tarun Dang and Latika Jain. Puneet Issar, who played the iconic character of Duryodhana in the popular TV series, ‘Mahabharat’. In ‘Raavan Ki Ramayan’, the actor has reprised the lead role of Raavan.” History has always inspired me to write and tells stories from different perspective. It is always told by the victors, the ones to survive but what if the ones who lost, and did not survive to tell their side of story, get a chance to tell their perspective. This is the basis premise of this play. Raavan has always been considered as a very knowledgeable, brave and virtuous king. Then what caused his fall? Did he also has some reasons for his actions? Are they worth any attention? All this questions excited me to write this play and I am happy that it has got so much love all over India, all these years.” said Atul Satya Koushik.
On the second day, of the festival, ‘Ballygunge 1990 – (Love is an endless mystery)’ were showcased. Atul Satya Koushik was the director of the play. The play stars well known names like – Annup Sonii, Nishtha Paliwal Tomar and Kunal Kaushik. Famous Film, TV and Theatre actors Annup Sonii and Nishtha Paliwal Tomar took the audience through this episode of spine chilling thriller. The production bears the stamp of a typical Atul Satya Koushik production i.e. lavish sets, costumes, music and a spectacular wholesome experience for the audience. This play was a co-production of The Films and Theatre Society and Land of Culture. “In ten years of doing theatre I have always tried to give myself and my team new challenges. We have pulled off lavish historical productions, musicals and comedies in past 10 years. Over years I observed that suspense, thriller and mysteries is one genre that has not been explored much on Hindi theatre stage. So I wanted to do something in that genre and wrote this play “Ballygunge 1990”. The challenge while writing such plays is that you are writing thriller with one mind but there are 600-700 minds in audience trying to crack your suspense points. So you have to think ahead of them and try to fill all loopholes and make it a watertight script.Having written the script the next challenge was to find the apt cast. I am happy that I could convince Annup Sonii to play the male lead. He comes with a lot of experience and professionalism and adds lot of value to the production with this immaculate performance. On the other hand, Nishtha as the female lead is also a perfect cast with all the mysteries in her persona and speech.I have tried to live upto the expectations of my audience in terms of sets, costumes, music, light and sound. I hope I entertain my audience enough with this new experiment too.”said Atul Satya Koushik.
On the last day of the festival, ‘Titli Ki Maut’ has showcased. This was directed by famous Tollywood actor Chaiti Ghoshal.