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Colors partners Mukesh Chhabra Casting Co for theatre fest

MUMBAI: Viacom18’s Hindi GEC Colors and movie channel Rishtey Cineplex have tied up with Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company for the 2017 edition of the Khidkiyaan Theatre Festival.

Colors Khidkiyaan Theatre Festival 2017 brings together theatre professionals and the Bollywood fraternity to celebrate theatrical excellence.

The five-day festival kicked off at Mumbai’s Sathaye College at Vile Parle (East) on 1 March and will conclude on 5 March. It will witness a mix of theatre productions and workshops, panel discussions moderated by Anupama Chopra and The Viral Fever’s Arunabh Kumar, a masterclass by casting director and acting coach Mukesh Chhabra, script-reading sessions and a short film corner by Humaara Movie, and a tribute to the late theatre actor Om Puri by his fellow NSD alumni and other colleagues.

Raj-Nayak,-CEO,-COLORS-at-the-poster-launch-of-24---Season-2Speaking about the association, Viacom18 Hindi mass entertainment CEO Raj Nayak stated, “Theatre is a form of expression which has, in a major way, contributed towards the development of Indian television and its entertainment avenues by providing artists and talent across. Colors and Rishtey Cineplex have always striven to bring the choicest content options to its viewers, and with Colors Khidkiyaan Theatre Festival 2017 we are furthering this vision by creating a window into a parallel entertainment universe. We would like to congratulate Mukesh Chhabra and his team for developing Khidkiyaan, an endeavour bringing Indian theatre to the forefront, and hope to strengthen this association in years to come.”

The festival opened to a welcome note by actor Ragini Khanna. It also witnessed a musical performance by Piyush Mishra. It was followed by a tribute to late Om Puri by the veteran actor’s contemporaries along with Nayak and Chhabra. The first day also featured two theatre presentations of Smita Bharti’s play ‘Jug Jug Jiyo’, featuring Dolly Ahluwalia, Ankita Bhargava, Meghna Malik and Amit Dolawat.

The first-of-its-kind red carpet for theatre professionals witnessed the strong support of the industry with aficionados like Sidharth Malhotra, Imtiaz Ali, Naseeruddin Shah, Vikas Bahl, Nitesh Tiwari, Dia Mirza, Prachee Shah Pandya, Karuna Pandey, Suchitra Pillai and Dheeraj Dhoopar, among others, stepping out in support.

Commenting on the opening day, organizer Chhabra said, “We are very excited that our humble little festival is growing. I’m thankful to all our partners and my team, and hope to have a successful festival this year as well. We are looking forward to welcoming our guests and getting in the mood of watching some amazing plays.”

The registration for Colors Khidkiyaan 2017 is open to everyone and it is free. One can register online via www.khidkiyaan.com and collect the passes at the venue.