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ANNUAL CPADC NATAK 2015

C.P.A.D.C. presents —–
Another year has sped by and Monday, 18th August saw all us Kolkata Parsees once again ready to wish each other ‘Sal mubarak’. And ofcourse if it’s the New Year we have to be at the CPADC Natak. This year “Lafru Taru – Doku Maru” finally put to rest our community’s worries on ‘where are the young actors?’. Concern that after the century the CPADC would not be able to find young blood to sustain it has proved unfounded. Not one or two but three youngsters took to the stage and carried the play through admirably. Rhea Kaikobad and Arvaan Mogrelia played a newly married couple on vacation perfectly. The demure, happy young wife, oblivious to her husband’s troubles and worries – the harassed, anxious husband wondering how to keep past sins from his new love, were perfectly portrayed. Rhea one hears has acted in school and college productions in English, and this ensured a confidence and stage presence that was heartening in a CPADC natak ‘first timer’. Arvaan had a role quite the opposite to his one last year but once again looked very much the part.

Zafia, now a semi regular on the stage, pleasantly surprised by fitting ever so snugly into her role as the ‘wanton – other woman’. From her dramatic entry to the strains of “Thus Spake Zarthushtra”, to her tying the knot with the serious lawyer, she epitomized the role of one out to get her man. Her man finally proved to be veteran actor Pervez Kaikobad, who year after year has put up sterling performances. Age seems to have him floundering occasionally with his lines but such is his talent – that you hardly notice.

Dolly, another talent who is very much at home under the arch lights, spent most of the play as a dowdy hotel worker, out to make a quick buck. And with the number of subterfuges and clandestine meetings – a lot of money changed hands!! A natural on stage she nonetheless came into her own only towards the end where her ‘true colours’ and ‘true love’ is revealed. Ratan as her lost love is a perfect ‘cameo’ choice of the rich and handsome suitor.

And then of course there was Darius Panthaki who not only owned the Dharamsala but also the stage. Relaxed and comfortable in a role that suited him to the tee, he lent the more mature touch to the play. The advantage that both he and Dolly have is fluency in the language which was a great booster. Of course not to say that the three young stars in any way faltered – they were word perfect and must be specially applauded for the tremendous hard work that this must have entailed.

An entertaining twist towards the end was the lively dance done by Anahita Gupta, Sanaya Mehta Vyas and Swati Davar. And let us not forget Raizan’s Vatcha stage debut as a ‘gay’ friend of the gang! Very authentic, Raizan!

Accolades of course must also go to the Director, who always has the most thankless job of putting everything together – kudos Noshir Wadia for another entertaining Natak and the behind the scenes workers, Azmeen Dhawan, Kamal Wadia, Trista Madan and Yasmin Kapadia always do their bit and yes, of course, cheers to Delna for handling the sound!

So as another year’s natak goes by, the stage seems quite full of young talent and the curtain will surely continue to rise for many more years to come. Well done CPADC!!

– Aban Confectioner


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C.P.A.D.C. presents —–
Another year has sped by and Monday, 18th August saw all us Kolkata Parsees once again ready to wish each other ‘Sal mubarak’. And ofcourse if it’s the New Year we have to be at the CPADC Natak. This year “Lafru Taru – Doku Maru” finally put to rest our community’s worries on ‘where are the young actors?’. Concern that after the century the CPADC would not be able to find young blood to sustain it has proved unfounded. Not one or two but three youngsters took to the stage and carried the play through admirably. Rhea Kaikobad and Arvaan Mogrelia played a newly married couple on vacation perfectly. The demure, happy young wife, oblivious to her husband’s troubles and worries – the harassed, anxious husband wondering how to keep past sins from his new love, were perfectly portrayed. Rhea one hears has acted in school and college productions in English, and this ensured a confidence and stage presence that was heartening in a CPADC natak ‘first timer’. Arvaan had a role quite the opposite to his one last year but once again looked very much the part.

Zafia, now a semi regular on the stage, pleasantly surprised by fitting ever so snugly into her role as the ‘wanton – other woman’. From her dramatic entry to the strains of “Thus Spake Zarthushtra”, to her tying the knot with the serious lawyer, she epitomized the role of one out to get her man. Her man finally proved to be veteran actor Pervez Kaikobad, who year after year has put up sterling performances. Age seems to have him floundering occasionally with his lines but such is his talent – that you hardly notice.

Dolly, another talent who is very much at home under the arch lights, spent most of the play as a dowdy hotel worker, out to make a quick buck. And with the number of subterfuges and clandestine meetings – a lot of money changed hands!! A natural on stage she nonetheless came into her own only towards the end where her ‘true colours’ and ‘true love’ is revealed. Ratan as her lost love is a perfect ‘cameo’ choice of the rich and handsome suitor.

And then of course there was Darius Panthaki who not only owned the Dharamsala but also the stage. Relaxed and comfortable in a role that suited him to the tee, he lent the more mature touch to the play. The advantage that both he and Dolly have is fluency in the language which was a great booster. Of course not to say that the three young stars in any way faltered – they were word perfect and must be specially applauded for the tremendous hard work that this must have entailed.

An entertaining twist towards the end was the lively dance done by Anahita Gupta, Sanaya Mehta Vyas and Swati Davar. And let us not forget Raizan’s Vatcha stage debut as a ‘gay’ friend of the gang! Very authentic, Raizan!

Accolades of course must also go to the Director, who always has the most thankless job of putting everything together – kudos Noshir Wadia for another entertaining Natak and the behind the scenes workers, Azmeen Dhawan, Kamal Wadia, Trista Madan and Yasmin Kapadia always do their bit and yes, of course, cheers to Delna for handling the sound!

So as another year’s natak goes by, the stage seems quite full of young talent and the curtain will surely continue to rise for many more years to come. Well done CPADC!!

– Aban Confectioner


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