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Mahim Junction is directed by Sohaila Kapur

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The Hungry Heart Festival Presents::

The Hungry Heart Festival Presents:

Written and directed by Sohaila Kapur A singing, dancing, nostalgic tribute to Mumbai and Bollywood:

Written and directed by Sohaila Kapur A singing, dancing, nostalgic tribute to Mumbai and Bollywood Mahim Junction

‘Mahim Junction’ is an entertaining mix of nostalgia and cinema. It is a Bollywood film of the 1970’s. A time when heroes wore their hearts on their sleeves and the villains paved the mean streets of Mumbai with gold. A time to dream, and the time at hand to chase those dreams. The musical, in English, first opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2002, where it ran to full houses at one of the most prestigious theatre venues in the city.:

‘Mahim Junction’ is an entertaining mix of nostalgia and cinema. It is a Bollywood film of the 1970’s. A time when heroes wore their hearts on their sleeves and the villains paved the mean streets of Mumbai with gold. A time to dream, and the time at hand to chase those dreams. The musical, in English, first opened at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2002, where it ran to full houses at one of the most prestigious theatre venues in the city. The Theme

‘Mahim Junction’ premiered to a full house at the Ashok Theatre in New Delhi on December 5, 2008:

‘Mahim Junction’ premiered to a full house at the Ashok Theatre in New Delhi on December 5, 2008 The Indian Premiere

The story is set in a local train platform in suburban Mumbai, with an adjoining slum. The motley crowd that inhabits the slum are Rahim, the local dada, a good Samaritan with a heart of gold, in love with Radha, the belle who has many hearts wanting to beat in tune with hers. Belonging to differing faiths, their fear that their respective families will never accept their love, is real. There is Radha’s harridan mother, who would much rather sell her daughter than help her marry the man she loves. There is the physically challenged brother, who is ready to sacrifice anything for his sister and her happiness with Rahim. Adding colour is Johnny the drunk, Rahim's friend who nurses a bottle while dissipating his trials and tribulations in an alcoholic stupor. He eyes Ayesha, the sharp-witted cross dresser, who is a prostitute with a golden heart. :

The story is set in a local train platform in suburban Mumbai, with an adjoining slum. The motley crowd that inhabits the slum are Rahim, the local dada, a good Samaritan with a heart of gold, in love with Radha, the belle who has many hearts wanting to beat in tune with hers. Belonging to differing faiths, their fear that their respective families will never accept their love, is real. There is Radha’s harridan mother, who would much rather sell her daughter than help her marry the man she loves. There is the physically challenged brother, who is ready to sacrifice anything for his sister and her happiness with Rahim. Adding colour is Johnny the drunk, Rahim's friend who nurses a bottle while dissipating his trials and tribulations in an alcoholic stupor. He eyes Ayesha, the sharp-witted cross dresser, who is a prostitute with a golden heart. The Story

And who can ignore the baddie of the piece… Mr. Kaladhanda, the lecherous Bollywood film producer - who makes the casting couch a reality and sells dreams of stardom to attract nubile young girls into his lair. No Bollywood musical is without its share of political touches. So, there is Randy Bhai, the Harvard graduate son of a well heeled and corrupt businessman, who dreams of making a difference in the world of black marketeers, mobsters and rigged elections.    Amidst foot tapping songs and peppy dance numbers, the musical charts its way forward; touching on issues that are real and current, in the irreplaceable film joie de vivre style of the 1970’s.  :

And who can ignore the baddie of the piece… Mr. Kaladhanda, the lecherous Bollywood film producer - who makes the casting couch a reality and sells dreams of stardom to attract nubile young girls into his lair. No Bollywood musical is without its share of political touches. So, there is Randy Bhai, the Harvard graduate son of a well heeled and corrupt businessman, who dreams of making a difference in the world of black marketeers, mobsters and rigged elections. Amidst foot tapping songs and peppy dance numbers, the musical charts its way forward; touching on issues that are real and current, in the irreplaceable film joie de vivre style of the 1970’s. The Story Continues

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If you are about to purchase a ticket for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest assault on culture, ‘Bombay Dreams’, then please don’t: the real action is in Edinburgh this August. Fringe shows do not come bigger than Sohaila Kapur’s ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan’ The List (Glasgow & Edinburgh Events Guide) What Kapur and Sanjoy Roy have achieved is an engagingly vivid evocation of how life in India connects with Bollywood Films in more ways than just watching on screen escapist romance & adventure... The sheer energy of the musical numbers and its unexpected edge of political home truths might well surprise and delight you. The Herald :

If you are about to purchase a ticket for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest assault on culture, ‘Bombay Dreams’, then please don’t: the real action is in Edinburgh this August. Fringe shows do not come bigger than Sohaila Kapur’s ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan’ The List (Glasgow & Edinburgh Events Guide) What Kapur and Sanjoy Roy have achieved is an engagingly vivid evocation of how life in India connects with Bollywood Films in more ways than just watching on screen escapist romance & adventure... The sheer energy of the musical numbers and its unexpected edge of political home truths might well surprise and delight you. The Herald The Reviews From The UK

The Traverse is the venue for the show that won this year’s Herald Devil, awarded for embracing the spirit of the Fringe... It went to Sanjoy Roy and the appropriately named Teamwork Films who are performing a celebration of Bollywood. The Herald All the passion and cheesy plot devices of classic Bollywood musical cinema has come to the Traverse in a production that sings, dances and even has a political edge... At every turn of the plot, the cast breaks out into song. Big allegorical numbers that turn the city’s dusty streets into paths by rivers of gold. Edinburgh Evening News :

The Traverse is the venue for the show that won this year’s Herald Devil, awarded for embracing the spirit of the Fringe... It went to Sanjoy Roy and the appropriately named Teamwork Films who are performing a celebration of Bollywood. The Herald All the passion and cheesy plot devices of classic Bollywood musical cinema has come to the Traverse in a production that sings, dances and even has a political edge... At every turn of the plot, the cast breaks out into song. Big allegorical numbers that turn the city’s dusty streets into paths by rivers of gold. Edinburgh Evening News The Reviews From The UK

The bald headed energy with which ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai...’ tackles this key subject of corruption in Indian politics, its links with the huge cash machine that is Bollywood and its connection with the deliberate incitement of tensions between the Hindu and Muslim Communities, that make the show well worth seeing. The Scotsman :

The bald headed energy with which ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai...’ tackles this key subject of corruption in Indian politics, its links with the huge cash machine that is Bollywood and its connection with the deliberate incitement of tensions between the Hindu and Muslim Communities, that make the show well worth seeing. The Scotsman The Reviews From The UK

The lead actors do a fine job in endearing themselves to the audience. This is to the credit of their histrionics and the director’s instructions... With a large cast of nearly 20 actors, the stage is always a flurry of movement helping to create a Bombay platform. A twist in the love story makes the plot suddenly relevant. The play adopts a voice for today’s time, by urging civil action and political reawakening. The Hindu:

The lead actors do a fine job in endearing themselves to the audience. This is to the credit of their histrionics and the director’s instructions... With a large cast of nearly 20 actors, the stage is always a flurry of movement helping to create a Bombay platform. A twist in the love story makes the plot suddenly relevant. The play adopts a voice for today’s time, by urging civil action and political reawakening. The Hindu The Indian Premiere Review

'MAHIM JUNCTION’: A BOLLYWOOD POTBOILER ON STAGE (Title) New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Projecting the lives of slum-dwellers living next to railway tracks as a window to the state of the nation, Sohaila Kapur's musical 'Mahim Junction' draws a portrait of Mumbai with a whirlwind resonance of the golden era of Indian cinema. Set in idyllic times and wearing the guise of a Bollywood movie of yore; the play - originally called 'Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan' - was performed for the first time at the prestigious Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002. Tweaked into contemporary Hinglish from its original English script, the retro fiesta ushers in matters like the politician-gangster nexus, corruption, socialism, trade unionism, communalism, mothers trading their actor-daughters to producers for money and love and lust through a traditional, epic style. It also focuses on current issues like bomb blasts, terrorism, a man's love for a transvestite and NRIs' perception of and disappointment with India. One-liners like 'incomplete love stories have the most juice in them',  'real life is worse than reel life', 'exploit the people for the people... that's democracy', etc.  sardonically comment on contemporary society. Indo Asian News Service, Dec 6, 2008 :

'MAHIM JUNCTION’: A BOLLYWOOD POTBOILER ON STAGE (Title) New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) Projecting the lives of slum-dwellers living next to railway tracks as a window to the state of the nation, Sohaila Kapur's musical 'Mahim Junction' draws a portrait of Mumbai with a whirlwind resonance of the golden era of Indian cinema. Set in idyllic times and wearing the guise of a Bollywood movie of yore; the play - originally called 'Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan' - was performed for the first time at the prestigious Traverse Theatre during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002. Tweaked into contemporary Hinglish from its original English script, the retro fiesta ushers in matters like the politician-gangster nexus, corruption, socialism, trade unionism, communalism, mothers trading their actor-daughters to producers for money and love and lust through a traditional, epic style. It also focuses on current issues like bomb blasts, terrorism, a man's love for a transvestite and NRIs' perception of and disappointment with India. One-liners like 'incomplete love stories have the most juice in them',  'real life is worse than reel life', 'exploit the people for the people... that's democracy', etc.  sardonically comment on contemporary society. Indo Asian News Service, Dec 6, 2008 The Indian Premiere Review

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Presenter Shekhar Kapur, Bafta winner & Oscar nominated director of `Elizabeth’: “I applaud Sohaila and her team for `Mahim Junction’. It is a fascinating premise for a musical and extremely entertaining without losing its inherent social comment on our urban lives. I am proud to be associated with this production. I wish Sohaila and her team and all the members of the Hungry Heart Festival group luck and also congratulate Lata Bhasin for her support for a new wave in Indian Theatrical Experience”. Satish Kaushik, Bollywood director of hits like `Tere Naam' & `Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai': `Mahim Junction' is a platform where all the communities of India coexist peacefully...a once true picture of India and a hopeful one at that. The musical is delightful, funny, meaningful & even contemporary, despite being rooted in the 1970s; with an ensemble of fine actors. Superb directorial achievement by Sohaila Kapur." Poonam Saxena, Associate Editor, Hindustan Times & Editor, `Brunch’: "I found the play enormously good fun, full of humour and energy. A must -see for anyone who loves Hindi films!" Indu Mirani, Entertainment Editor, `Mumbai Mirror': "The play encompasses so many facets of Bollywood of the 1970s, it is both, a crash course for beginners and a happy blast from the past for seniors. I loved it". Celebrity Views

Sohaila Kapur, a journalist by profession, started her career with The Times of India. Her passion for theatre led her to act in and eventually direct several theatrical productions in Delhi and Mumbai. She has also written several award-winning plays for both adults and children, including `Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan', a musical which premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 2002, before traveling through the UK and to Singapore. ‘Mahim Junction' is the updated version. Sohaila has extensive experience in television in India as well as abroad, as a writer, anchor, program coordinator and producer and is currently with Lok Sabha TV. She adapted the `Ramayana' for HBO and anchored an award winning television documentary for the National Geographic Channel and wrote a book on the subject of esoteric rites and rituals prevalent in India. :

Sohaila Kapur, a journalist by profession, started her career with The Times of India. Her passion for theatre led her to act in and eventually direct several theatrical productions in Delhi and Mumbai. She has also written several award-winning plays for both adults and children, including `Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan', a musical which premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 2002, before traveling through the UK and to Singapore. ‘Mahim Junction' is the updated version. Sohaila has extensive experience in television in India as well as abroad, as a writer, anchor, program coordinator and producer and is currently with Lok Sabha TV . She adapted the `Ramayana' for HBO and anchored an award winning television documentary for the National Geographic Channel and wrote a book on the subject of esoteric rites and rituals prevalent in India. Sohaila Kapur

Hungry Heart Festival, which runs the annual Hindustan Times-Hungry Heart Theatre Festival in New Delhi every summer, has successfully brought popular theatre to Delhi audiences for over four years to packed auditoria and standing ovations. The plays mirror popular attitudes of the day. In addition to deliriously entertaining performances, we have hosted thought provoking plays that depict the effects of social, psychological or economic pressures on individuals and society. Each production is carefully selected and delicately strung together to reflect and portray a microcosm of life. Whether by humor, drama, romance, music or sheer poetry, each is a comment on urban India:

Hungry Heart Festival, which runs the annual Hindustan Times-Hungry Heart Theatre Festival in New Delhi every summer, has successfully brought popular theatre to Delhi audiences for over four years to packed auditoria and standing ovations. The plays mirror popular attitudes of the day. In addition to deliriously entertaining performances, we have hosted thought provoking plays that depict the effects of social, psychological or economic pressures on individuals and society. Each production is carefully selected and delicately strung together to reflect and portray a microcosm of life. Whether by humor, drama, romance, music or sheer poetry, each is a comment on urban India The Hungry Heart

Lata Bhasin always had a creative urge. Perhaps you could call it her midlife crisis . She enjoys watching films and musicals and has been inspired to write lyrics for Hindi songs through this passion. Hence this adventure with ‘Mahim Junction’. Lata spends the remaining moments of her free time sitting at her easel, creating paintings. Her creationism started with writing poetry, but she expanded into film production.:

Lata Bhasin always had a creative urge. Perhaps you could call it her midlife crisis . She enjoys watching films and musicals and has been inspired to write lyrics for Hindi songs through this passion. Hence this adventure with ‘Mahim Junction’. Lata spends the remaining moments of her free time sitting at her easel, creating paintings. Her creationism started with writing poetry, but she expanded into film production. Lata Bhasin

The Hungry Heart Festival is moving into a force of change for theatre not only in Delhi but all over India. Their plays have been appreciated and applauded all over the world, and in turn I applaud Sohaila and her team members for the upcoming production of ‘Mahim Junction’. It is a fascinating premise for a musical and extremely entertaining without losing its inherent social comment on our urban lives.  I am proud to be associated with this production. I wish Sohaila and her team, and all the members of the Hungry Heart theatre group luck, and also congratulate Lata Bhasin and the Ashok Hotel for their support for a new wave in Indian Theatrical Experience. Shekhar Kapur:

The Hungry Heart Festival is moving into a force of change for theatre not only in Delhi but all over India. Their plays have been appreciated and applauded all over the world, and in turn I applaud Sohaila and her team members for the upcoming production of ‘Mahim Junction’. It is a fascinating premise for a musical and extremely entertaining without losing its inherent social comment on our urban lives.  I am proud to be associated with this production. I wish Sohaila and her team, and all the members of the Hungry Heart theatre group luck, and also congratulate Lata Bhasin and the Ashok Hotel for their support for a new wave in Indian Theatrical Experience. Shekhar Kapur A Word From Shekhar Kapur

Hungry Heart Festival, a registered society, co founded by Monica Bhasin, Sohaila Kapur and Smita Bharti, is a New Delhi based initiative that promotes theatre, filmmaking and the visual arts, empowering creative professionals to turn their visions into realities.   For information about sponsoring future performances, please contact: Hungry Heart Festival +91 9811024042 (Monica Bhasin) +91 9811168586 (Sohaila Kapur) +91 9899382226 (Smita Bharti) Email: hungryheart_4@yahoo.com Lata Bhasin +919810082613 Email: latabhasin@gmail.com :

Hungry Heart Festival, a registered society, co founded by Monica Bhasin, Sohaila Kapur and Smita Bharti, is a New Delhi based initiative that promotes theatre, filmmaking and the visual arts, empowering creative professionals to turn their visions into realities. For information about sponsoring future performances, please contact: Hungry Heart Festival +91 9811024042 (Monica Bhasin) +91 9811168586 (Sohaila Kapur) +91 9899382226 (Smita Bharti) Email: hungryheart_4@yahoo.com Lata Bhasin +919810082613 Email: latabhasin@gmail.com For More Information

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