"Dinner with Friends director Feroze Abbas Khan flanked by his caste Joy Sengupta, Perizaad Zorabian, Tisca Chopra dn Vinay Jain
Dinner with friends, directed by Feroze Abbas Khan and opened in Mumbai on October 30, to 2 sold out performances. This is now on its way to Bangalore at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall on November 10-11. An emotional drama that will be performed by Tisca Chopra, Vinay Jain, Perizaad Zorabian and Joy Sengupta.
The play has been inspired by Donald Margulies’ play ‘Dinner with Friends’. This explores the relationship between, 4 close friends and how one couples break-up takes a toll on the other couples relationship – as they feel compelled to take sides and then inadvertently begin to question their own relationship. This play with its contemporary script leaves you with something to think about well after the play. The emotional curve has been sensitively been brought out with a strong cast and a master director.. If some people can feel lonely in their own marriage, 'Dinner with Friends' asks the question if investing too deeply in someone else's marriage can ultimately make you even lonelier.
Artist Profile for Ballantines’ “Dinner with Friends”
TISCA CHOPRA - Plays the lead, Diya , who comes to her friends Maya and Vikram, after she finds that her husband Harsh cheated on her.
Tisca's was last seen and acclaimed for her moving performance as an Autistic child’s mother in the Aamir Khan production 'Taaare Zameen Par’ that won her many awards. Feroz Khan has been her acting guru and according to Tisca, before every performance “I practically stick and IV into him to draw out as much from him that I can towards contributing to my character, whether on stage or screen” This is the fourth play doing with him after 'Mahatma vs Gandhi', 'Salesman Ramlal' and 'All the best'. Of her role in 'dinner with friends' she says, 'The role of iya is the most difficult role I have played so far. Its hard to play so real.'
She is a topper from Delhi university in English literature and has played other praise worthy roles in films like 'Firaaq' directed by Nanditha Das and 'Hyderabad blues-2, by Nagesh Kukunoor. For the last 2 months when she hasn’t been busy with rehearsals for Dinner with Friends she has been busy with the shooting of 'Dil toh baccha hai ji' directed by Madhur Bhandarkar, opposite Imran hashmi and due for release in January 2011. She is a brand ambassador for Olay, Volini and Fish TV. Not forgetting her social responsibility, she also works regularly with the 'National Knowledge Commission' to work for educational reforms across the country.
VINAY JAIN - In Dinner wit friends Vinay plays Harsh in Dinner with friends and plays Tisca Chopra or Dia’s husband who cheats on her.
A career that started on stage and then effortlessly moved to being in front of the camera. While still in college in Sydenham, Vinay Jain was already doing professional theatre with some of the biggest names in the business – portraying a range of complex characters with admirable ease. And then with key roles on Sony TV’s # 1 show Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (where he played the character of Aryan), Star One’s popular soap Remix (where he enacted the role of Sumeet Ahuja) and Sahara TV’s show Woh Rehnewaali Mahalon Ki (role of Dr Manav), Vinay developed into one of the most versatile and exciting actors on the circuit !
After completing a Speech and Drama course conducted by the famed Trinity College, London, Vinay soon put all this training to test in what is universally considered the toughest medium for an actor – theatre. Till date, he has played the leads in over twenty stage productions with top directors like Feroz Khan (Mahatma v/s Gandhi & Salesman Ramlal), Raell Padamsee (Two to Tango & Games People Play) and Aamir Raza Hussain (The Legend of Ram & Saare Jahan Se Achcha).
As far as films is concerned, he has acted with Mr Bachchan in Cheeni Kum (directed by Balki) and the successful thriller 13B. He recently completed work on the film version of the popular serial, Office Office with Pankaj Kapoor. Also, his recent Jeete Raho adfilm campaign for ICICI-Prudential Life Insurance has been a huge success !
Dinner with Friends
PERIZAAD ZORABIAN IRANI – She plays Maya in Dinner with friends who is Diya’s best friend in the play. She and her husbandVikram, introduce Diya and Harsh in the first place and they are four very close friends.
When not performing she is a multifaceted individual and her love for stage and performance began with her 12 year training in Western Classical Ballet Dance which she learnt with Tushna Dallas who is affliated to the Royal Academy Of Dance London. She graduated a gold medalist from Bombay university in Management and went on to pursue an MBA in new York at Baruch. In New York is she rediscovered her love for dance and theatre and began experimenting with various dance forms from African to Latin Dance and studied theatre at the world Renowed Lee Strasberg Institute of Performing Arts.
She returned to Mumbai and she found her calling when Nagesh Kukunoor Cast her in Bollywood Calling. From then on she went on to carve a unique niche for herself in Independent Offbeat Cinema with films like Mumbai Matinee with Rahul Bose, Morning Raga with Shabana Azmi, Ek Ajnabee with Amitabh Bachan among others. He is however, best known for her portrayal of Jenny in Subash Ghai’s Joggers Park with Victor Bannerjee.
Perizaad also played the lead in a British film with Malcom Macdowell called Exitz and played Indira Gandhi in a Chinese Production called Bandung Sonata. Perizaad has endorses ASMI diamonds, NITCO, Hobby Idea, Vasavadatta Cement, Revayur amongst many others.
Feroz Khans " Dinner with Friends " marks her comeback after taking four years off which she devoted to marriage and kids. She returns with a play that is not just real and hard hitting but her greatest thrill was to work with Feroz Khan a man she considers to be one of India’s Finest Directors. A man known for his stunning and unusual portrayal of relationships.
JOY SENGUPTA – He playes Vikram, Maya’s husband. The two have a what seems to be , the perfect marriage, but when the chinks surface in their best friends relationship, Maya and Vikram are forced to put their marriage under the spotlight too.
Joy has a diploma in drama specializing in acting from living theatre academy under Prof. Ebrahim Elkazi. He has worked with eminent theatre directors like Habib Tanveer, M.K Raina, Lillete Dubey, Rahul Dcunah etc. He has received ‘Best Actor ‘ award all india - 2006 for portraying the title role of M K Gandhi in Pratap Sharma's Sammy.
His debut film was Govind Nihlani's ‘Hazar Chaurasi ki Ma’ and have received V Shantaram award for best acting in the for the year 2000. Joy has acted in 15 features, 6 of which have received multiple national & international awards. Latest release is Hindi film ‘Anjana Anjana’ (Bengali film), Chaturanga (To be released), English film, A prayer for rain with Martin Sheen, Kalpenn, Misha Burton etc. He has also performed at off Broadway, Off west end, Edinborogh fringe festival etc and had done over 30 advertising films. He has recently started a creative production company ‘Bornfree Cineparadise’ to produce off beat films for the world cinema space.
Director’s Profile: FEROZ KHAN
At the forefront of Indian theatre today, Feroz Khan is recognized as much for exploring new forms, as for bringing Hindi theatre, mainstream recognition. In a career spanning more than two decades, he has directed some of India's finest acting talent, both from stage and cinema. From the intensely contemplative to the utterly exhilarating, from autobiographical one man shows to two character plays to full scale musicals….his pioneering productions have traveled extensively in India and abroad. His plays have been staged to packed audiences and international critical acclaim.
The Lincoln centre and the United Nations in New York, the Memorial Hall-Stanford University, the Universal Studios Amphi-theatre in Los Angeles, the Waterman's Arts Centre in London and the Durban Playhouse in South Africa are some of the theatres he has performed at. He continues to travel with his powerful plays to Europe, North America, Far East Asia, Middle East, South East Asia and South Africa. In line with a belief, that any pursuit of excellence, must go parallel to relevant social contribution; Feroz Khan’s theatre company has been silently but significantly associated with various committed social organizations; supporting and helping them raise funds and awareness.
As the first Festival Director of the prestigious Prithvi Theatre in Mumbai, the throbbing hub of the young, the talented and the restless; Feroz, along with the late Jennifer Kapoor spearheaded the International Prithvi Theatre Festival. His English theatre production of ‘Mahatma v/s Gandhi’ created a sensation wherever it was staged. Major newspapers in India wrote laudatory editorials, news channels like BBC and NKK in Japan featured it in their prime time news and The New York Times called it “The finest English play to emerge from India in a long time”. Some of the best acting talents like Naseeruddin Shah,Shabana Azmi,Anupam Kher,Kirron Kher,Farooque Shaikh, Seema Biswas,Satish Kaushik,Boman Irani and others have given their finest performances under his direction
With 'Gandhi- My Father' Feroz made his first foray into the arena of motion picture. He was felicitated by Harvard University with a special screening followed by a discussion. As part of the 150 years of the first Indian Indentured labourer’s arrival in South Africa, he presented the celebrated South African Play “Out Of Bounds”which Nelson Mandela described as “A Rare Theatre Experience”.