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‘It has been stressful for me’

Lucky Morani on coping with the crisis in her family and her forthcoming play, The Sound Of Music that is back by public demand.

art and culture Updated: Jun 14, 2011 15:47 IST
Collin Rodrigues
Collin Rodrigues
Hindustan Times

The Morani family has been in the news recently because of the alleged involvement of Karim Morani in the 2G spectrum case. But that doesn’t stop Lucky Morani, the wife of Karim’s youngest brother, Mohomed, from acting in another run of the popular play, The Sound Of Music. “It has been stressful for the family and me as these are times no one ever prepared for. We are silently waiting for the truth to prevail, keeping faith in the judiciary,” says Lucky. Karim, who heads Cineyug Films, was recently sent to prison by a special CBI court.

“Everyone around has been hugely supportive and that is a great help. I have been on the creative team of my husband and have been actively involved in all stage shows and film award functions that he has directed over the years. I was a stylist before I decided to take centre stage myself,” says Lucky.

The Sound Of Music first premiered in January this year and staged shows till February, completing 10-12 runs. “The movie is a classic whose songs have been sung by young and old alike for many years. It's not a surprise that it’s been staged as a musical and has made a grand comeback by popular demand,” Lucky says about the new run which will have 10 shows in June alone.

Why theatre for someone who’s so deeply involved with Bollywood? “I never had acting aspirations in spite of having been born and brought up in the Nadiadwala family. Although I was expected to join films, I went to study fashion. Once, while travelling to the US, I got a call from Raell Padamsee's office, asking me if I wanted to play the baroness in the theatrical adaptation of the movie. They chose to wait for me till I was back, as they couldn’t think of anyone better for this part,” adds Lucky. And how did her friends in filmdom react? “Bollywood stars were not really surprised to watch me perform in The Sound of Music. They had already seen me play the lead in the musical, City Of Dreams, in which most of them also played cameos, including Shah Rukh Khan, who actually played the main narrator and opened the musical.”

First Published: Jun 14, 2011 15:45 IST