This weekend, a new initiative will bring together the excitement of theatre and cinema in one event. The venture, Cineplay, will source some of the most famous plays and shoot them in a cinematic format. Cineplay will premiere with Mahesh Dattani’s contemporary classic Dance Like A Man. One of the longest running Indian plays, it will be screened at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point this Sunday.
The Cineplay team comprising actor Nandita Das, entrepreneur Subodh Maskara, actor-director Lillete Dubey and writer Deepa Gahlot, wish to expand the reach of theatre by blurring all physical, geographical and economic limitations. The idea is to create a collection of good plays with good picture quality and surround sound, creating a cinematic experience. Regional plays with subtitles will also be presented. As part of this initiative, online streaming of the plays will be made available on their platform, cineplay.com. Cineplay plans to create an archive for researchers, historians and students. After Dance Like A Man, its next show will be the play Between The Lines on March 29 and 30 at the NCPA.