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Actor Rahul Bose to raise funds for Rugby Association in India with his play, Rugger Revue, a politically incorrect account of the last year.

entertainment Updated: Feb 04, 2011 13:07 IST
Sharin Bhatti

Actor Rahul Bose plans to take his love for rugby a step further this weekend. The actor, an avid rugby player, will be performing a play,

Rugger Revue

, at the Bombay Gymkhana on February 4 and 6, along with his rugby team and members of the Gymkhana.

Directed by club members Kunal Vijaykar and Cyrus Broacha,

Rugger Revue

will also star Vijaykar, Broacha, Jugal Hansraj, Nandini Sardesai and the Indian rugby team.

This annual event is a variety and dance show that the rugby team and enthusiasts organise to raise funds for the sport in India.

Since the Bombay Gymkhana is home to the Indian Rugby Chapter, entry for all those who love the sport is free. “You don’t have to be a member of the club to walk in and play rugby. It is free for everybody. That is why we are doing our bit to raise funds for the sport,” says Bose.

Commenting on the play, Bose says, “The name Rugger Revue explains it all. Rugger is another word for rugby and revue is a review of the year gone by. Traditionally, the revue is done every year to raise money for the Rugby Association. It is a mix of dance shows, mono acts and gags. We will also be running some visuals that we have prepared for the revue.”

In one of the visuals, Bose plays a news presenter, Barkha Bose. “

Rugger Revue

is an incorrigible, politically incorrect account of everything that happened in the year gone by. We poke fun at everything and everybody, including ourselves.”

He adds, “We also have made fun of Bombay as it is in the Gymkhana and the rest of Mumbai. Rest assured, nobody is spared.”

Vijaykar, who co-wrote the

Rugger Revue

along with Broacha, says it’s almost a creative catharsis. “Satire is all about making sure that you take your case and end up saying all that you can’t in a serious environment. It’s all for a great cause,” says Vijaykar.

When asked if he will ever return to the stage, Bose promptly refuses. “The last play I did was almost 10 years ago. The medium doesn’t excite me anymore. What cinematic genius one can display in films cannot be expressed on stage,” he says.