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B-town celebrities turned up to watch plays at the 5-day COLOURS Khidkiyaan Theatre Festival
The 2nd edition of Colors Khidkiyaan Theatre Festival organised by Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company held in Mumbai (Sathaye College) from 1-5 March concluded on a high note with a promise to open many doors for theatre lovers and performers in the City of Dreams.
B-Town celebrities like Kiran Rao, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Imtiaz Ali, Shabana Azmi, Nawazzudin Siddiqui, Manoj Bajpaye, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sidharth Malhotra, Richa Chadha, Radhika Apte, Swara Bhaskar, Abhishek Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, theatre personalities like Waman Kendre (Director, NSD) Ram Gopal Bajaj (Ex-NSD Director), came together on one platform , "Colors Khidkiyaan' to celebrate theatre and performing arts in the city.

Colors Khidkiyaan Theatre festival paid tribute to celebrated theatre actor, late Om Puri featuring his fellow NSD alumni.

The last day of the theatre festival saw a huge turn out of theatre lovers who stood in long queues to watch the play, Saarthak Behas directed by Ishteyak Arif Khan. Seen among the audience was Kiran Rao, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Manoj Bajpaye and Ayushmann Khurrana.

The young audience swooned to the soulful songs of Swanand Kirkire and Jasleen Royal.A prequel skit by Sumeet Vyas and Nidhi Singh was performed on the popular web series, Permanent Roommates and had the audience in splits.

Mukesh Chhabra concluded the festival produced by his father, TC Chhabra by thanking, TV Channel, Colors for their immense support, Khidkiyaan team which worked hard to make the festival successful and the wonderful audience and the industry people for showing so much love to the festival.

Celebrity Quotes:

KIRAN RAO: "I'm looking forward to watching the play today at Khidkiyaan. The festival looks very exciting!  It feels like going back to college. There's so much energy here. It allows for so much new excitement and interesting conversations. Such events are needed. We need to make culture a lot more young, accessible, and more fun."

THEATRE

"Theatre is about setting, performance and confidence. It's one of the pillars on which cinema stands so I think theatre is extremely important."

Manisha Koirala

"I'm thankful to Mukesh for inviting me. I started my work from theatre in school. I got encouraged and got a craze for acting."

Manoj Bajpai- (On Khidkiyaan)

"It's a great initiative. I came here last year as well.  Khidkiyaan will go a long way in promoting theatre in this country. The vibe is great here. I see so many youngsters volunteering. Everyone looks happy. The audience is glad. I'm glad."

(On theatre):

"I believe that before entering the industry it is crucial that an actor should have a rigorous training in theatre for a few years. It's the most difficult medium in terms of performing arts. It prepares you for the bigger platform."

Ram Gopal Bajaj (Ex-NSD Director):

"It's a wonderful initiative because TV alone will not help. You need more talent from theatre to improve performance of films. And theatre represents many trends."

Waman Kendre (Director, NSD):

"Khidkiyaan is growing. I'm happy that such fresh talent is being exposed. What I've always believed is that if we strive for excellence, success will follow. I see a lot of striving here and that is something that really moves me. I'm very happy and thankful to someone that can manage to make this kind of interaction happen."

Ayushmann Khurrana:

"I'd like to thank Mukesh for making theatre mainstream for the first time in the country. Theatre is food for soul not food for stomach anymore. Now because of Khidkiyaan, theatre will create the next crorepati."

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