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By Frank Franklyn – Futuristic Media Network

Veteran yesteryear television and film actress Poonam Dasgupta – who has done over 100 films and tele serials (Notably Dil Ka Doctor with Anupam Kher, Mr Bond with Akshay Kumar, Dil Ke Jharoke Mein with Manisha Koirala & Vikas Bhalla, Fauji with Dharmendra, Ganga Kahe Pukaar Ke with Rakesh Pande, Geeta Ki Saugandh with Dharmendra and TV serials like Betaal Pachishi directed by Sunil Agnihotri, Black Cat produced by Kumar Sanu, Bus Stop Ki Raat, Commander,Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Kismat and Kya Baat Hein directed by Ramesh Sippy, Marshall with Mukesh Khanna, Nagin by Ramsays, Shri Adhikari Brothers Top Ten, Shrimaan Shrimati, Swabhimaan produced by Shobha De), Tehkikaat with Karan Razdaan, Teri Bhi Chup Meri Bhi Chup with Shafi Inaamdar, The Great Maratha directed by Sanjay Khan and the The Zee Horror Show to name a few), will return to her first love – acting after a hiatus of almost ten years.

Poonam Dasgupta will feature in India’s most expensive theatre production titled Begum Sahiba with Rahul Roy. According to industry sources, the play that the producers promise has a climax never heard of or imagined before is being produced at a budget of Rs 50 lakh. According to Flynn Remedios, publicist for Begum Sahiba, the play will set new benchmarks for theatre and will also feature a video as part of the project. “It will be one of the most splendid plays and a visual treat for viewers,” he added. Rehearsals for Begum Sahiba, produced by Saar Entertainers have been going on for about two months now and it is expected to be staged around mid-August, explained Flynn Remedios.

At an informal interaction with media persons and friends – including regional actress Priyankaa who was all praises for Poonam’s theatrical antics – Poonam Dasgupta said, “It’s like coming back home again after ten years, after a long break, I am doing something that I have always loved. Though I have been regularly getting film offers, I have consciously stayed away from filmdom. Now, I am back again with a bang in Begum Sahiba as the evergreen, quintessential Begum,” said the vivacious and feisty actress with a twinkle in her eyes.

Rahul Roy who managed to make it directly from the airport said that he was pleased to be part of Begum Sahiba. “This is absolutely a new orgasm for me that I never experienced before. I can imagine the thrill of acting on stage – an orgasm that I did not probably get in my Bollywood career. When you are live on stage, there are no retakes, no editing on the computer. It’s all real, all live, happening then and there.”

Actor director Babloo Mukherjee is directing the play (he also plays a character in Begum Sahiba) which also features Kishore Bhanushali (also known as junior Dev Anand), Raj Prem and Zara as a transvestite. “Begum Sahiba has got romance, charity, deceit, humour, homosexuality, infidelity, suspense, lust and a variety of other attributes,” said Babloo Mukherjee.


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