Subodh and Nandita Das's brainchild creates a buzz among theatre enthusiasts

  • Shalvi Mangaokar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 17:29 IST

Subodh Maskara's brainchild, CinePlay, a format in which plays are shot and then made into films, has already created a lot of buzz in the Mumbai's theatre circuit.

Among the plays to have been revamped are Dance Like A Man, Bombay Talkies, The Interview and Between The Lines (BTL). But little did they know that after converting their drama, BTL, into a film, they would get a chance to reach out to a global audience.

Last weekend, a screening of the play was held in New York's Museum of Moving Images (MoMI), USA. And after receiving accolades from the crowd, the film will now be screened in two other places- Yale University in Connecticut, and in Chicago.

Subodh says, "I am extremely happy about the fact that CinePlay is not only making a mark in India, but internationally as well. Our screening at MoMI was houseful. I always believed we would find admiration among audiences, and it is actually being validated."

The screening at MoMI was followed by a special session that featured Nandita Das, and was moderated by noted author Suketu Mehta.

Nandita, who has been selected for the Yale World Fellows Program, will present the CinePlay version of BTL at Yale's Whitney Humanities Center auditorium on November 1.

Subodh explains that though they were already in talks for screening the CinePlays at other venues, it was only after the MoMI programme that the process moved faster.

Nandita says, "I am overwhelmed by the response at MoMI. For the first time, I saw it on such a big screen, and with such good acoustics. The post-screening discussion with Suketu and the audience was candid and insightful. For the screening in Chicago, Subodh will also join me."

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