Gudamba- A Play By Salim Arif

"Self-deprecating humour, simple dialogues and conversational format of the play make it an engaging and entertaining watch."
The Times of India-Delhi "Gudamba is a compelling study of changing times,a theatrical delight worth experiencing."
DNA- Mumbai "Actrees Lubna Salim wins the hearts of the Bhopalis with her performance" Bhopal Times
Lubna Salim in GUDAMBA, Written by Javed Siddiqi
Designed and Directed By Salim Arif
A play produced by Essay PPL Mumbai

Written by eminent writer Javed Siddiqi and Directed by Salim Arif ,GUDAMBA is a heart- warming monologue that keeps the audience at the edge of their seats throughout the play. The story revolves around an ambitious young girl Amina (Lubna Salim) who gets married and thinks that her man of dreams is God’s answer to her prayers.
Living as a Bahu in an old sprawling joint family house with its complicated domestic politics, Amina saunters her way through with comic effervescence and self-deprecating humour. Peppered by her insightful and, often, witty observations on everything from marriage, to her children, in-laws, relatives and society among others, the play shows her as a strong woman with a mind of her own.
Lubna Salim , the acclaimed actress from films like Ritesh Batra’s Photograph ,Paresh Rawal’s OMG ,Aam Aadmi Family web seriese, Television shows like Maryam Khan, Khirkee, Mera Naam Karegi Raushan and Baa,Bahu aur Baby brings to life this character with an incisive edge. On Stage -
Lubna Salim

Off Stage -
Written By - Javed Siddiqi
Lights By - Rajat Kumar
Stage Manager - Zeba Siddiqi
Lights Operated By - Faraaz Salim
Sets Execution - Jaysukh Ravrani
Designed and Directed By - Salim Arif

Javed Siddiqi is a Hindi and Urdu screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright from India. He has written over 100 storylines, screenplays and dialogues. During his career, Siddiqui has collaborated with some of India's most prominent filmmakers, from independent directors like  Satyajit Ray  and  Shyam Benegal  to commercial directors like Yash Chopra and Subhash Ghai. He has become an integral part of Indian cinema, in both commercial and art cinema fields. He started his career as a dialogue writer in  Satyajit Ray's  Shatranj Ke Khiladi  in 1977. Since then, he has been highly regarded for his works in different genres of films like  Umrao Jaan, Mammo, Fiza,  Zubeidaa  and  Tehzeeb; as well as commercial hits, such as  Baazigar, Darr, Yeh Dillagi, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Raja Hindustani, Pardes,  Chori Chori Chupke Chupke  and Koi... Mil Gaya. Siddiqui has won two Filmfare Awards, two Star Screen Awards and one BFJA Award. His play  Tumhari Amrita , with only two actors (Shabana Azmi and Farooq Shaikh) reading out letters to each other, became a critical success. This was followed by Saalgirah, starring actor couple  Kirron Kher and Anupam Kher, a play dealing with the complexity of divorce in modern urban life.Over the years he has written numerous plays, including Begum Jaan, Aap Ki Soniya,Hum Safar and Kacche Lamhe. Gudamba is his latest play in the form of a monologue.

Lubna Salim : Producer and leading actor of several plays and films , Lubna Salim is recently seen in Aam Aadmi Family Web Series and as Mumani Jaan in recently concluded Maryam Khan Reporting lIve on Star Plus. Paresh Rawal’s Oh My God,Jabbar Patel’s Yashwantrao Chavan and Ritesh Batra’s Photograph have been her notable work in feature films. She is still remembered as Leela Bhabhi of popular TV serial Baa Bahu aur Baby. Ek Packet Ummeed as Paroma for NDTV Imagine, Mera Naam Karegi Roshan for Zee TV, Daaman for Sahara TV ,Bharat Ek Khoj, Tehreer Munshi Premchand Ki, Chhatrapati Shvirai for DD have been her other significant Television shows. She has won Star Parivar Award of 2007, ITA Award 2007, Indian Telly Awards 2007, Gold Award 2008 for her roles in TV serials. Already a popular presence in Advertisement films like Cadbury Eid Ad, Red Label, Pepsodent, Rin, ICICI, Ariel, Nutrela,Nestle,Tata Sky etc. ,Lubna Salim is an acclaimed performer on stage. Javed Siddiqi’s Hum Safar and Kachche Lamhe , Gulzar’s Paansa ,Sunte Ho, Arre O Henry, Kharaashein, Lakeerien ,Atthaniyaan,Chakkar Chalaaye Ghanchakkar have been her popular plays. Gudamba is her latest offering on stage. Lubna has been given the Habib Tanvir Samman for 2019, Inquilab Award for Entertainement 2017 and Achievers Award 2012 for her contribution to Theatre.

Salim Arif : Recently bestowed with UP Sangeet Natak Akademy Award for his contribution to Theatre Stage Direction, Salim Arif is an illustrious alumnus of National School of Drama, New Delhi. A very well-known name in the field of Indian Theatre and Films, he is currently the Head of Department of Cultural Studies in Whistling Woods International, Mumbai, Asia’s leading Film School. He was awarded a NSD fellowship to work on the subject of Interaction between Traditional and contemporary Indian theatre with reference to the works of Habib Tanvir, B.V.Karanth, Ratan Thiyam and K.N.Panikker.

Innovative in approach, Salim Arif has directed plays like Aapki Soniya, Ghalibnaama, Kharaashein, Taj Mahal Ka Tender, Kaifi Saab, Peele Patton Ka Ban, Dil Chahta Hai, Shyam Rang, Agar Aur Magar, Bayaane Ghalib, Rakt Kalyan, Parwaaze Bayaan Aur, KachcheLamhe, Atthanniyaan, Lakeerein,Chaurangi, Hum-Safar,Sunte Ho,Arre O Henry, Manto Mantra, Paansa, Gogli Jhanak Jhayein, Tajmahal Ka Udghatan, Nagar ji ki Nagri, Pinnochio, Chakkar Chalaaye Ghanchakkar etc.These plays have made him one of the most exciting and popular director on Hindi theatre scene in India and abroad. His plays have been staged extensively in India and abroad.
Besides Theatre, Shyam Benegal’s Bharat Ek Khoj, Gulzar’s Mirza Ghalib, Dr.Chandraprakash Dwedi’s Chanakya got him International recognition as a Period Film Designer of substance. Nirja Guleri’s Chandrakanta , Ketan Mehta’s Sardar Patel,Gulzar’s Maachis and Hu-Tu-Tu , Govind Nihalani’s Takshak and Anil Sharma’s Ab Tumhare Hawale Watan Saathiyo are his other films as a Designer. He has been a consultant for period details in Anil Sharma’s Gadar and Mani Ratnam’s Guru.
He is on the visiting faculty of several prestigious institutions including National School of Drama, New Delhi, Film and Television Institute of India,Pune, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute,Kolkata, BNA, Lucknow,Academy of Dramatic Arts,Mumbai University, MPSD Bhopal, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai and National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. He is also a resource person for Sangeet Natak Akademy,New Delhi. His several Awards include Habib Tanvir Rang Samman by Iftikhar Academy,Bhopal.(M.P.), the prestigious Vishwa Hindi Akademy’s Hindi Sewa Samman and Urdu Adab Award of U.P.Hindi- Urdu Award Committee for his contribution in Theatre.

Technical Requirements
14 par cans preferably with lens – (8 on FOH and 6 on Stage Bars)
6 1 KV PC Spots
4 Profiles
We will need the lighting technician who is familiar with Auditorium facilities from 2 pm onwards and he should also be there to operate with me during the show
Sound Requirement:
2 Lapel microphones that can be concealed like the ones used in Television Serial shootings
Set Requirements:
1-Two Sofa chairs with one Coffee table and one side table of old style from Two set of furniture and one pedestal lamp
2-A platform of 6X4 X1.6 Feet height or a small Takhat of this size with a gadda Facility to hang Curtains on Rods from light bars Hand Props will come with us

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