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A bunch of silver screen stars from the old as well as the new era come together to create a play within a play. That is how the actors of Brief Candle define their stage performance.

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July 22, 2009 4:59:20 am

A bunch of silver screen stars from the old as well as the new era come together to create a play within a play. That is how the actors of Brief Candle define their stage performance. “In Brief Candle,I play two very different roles. The concept of the play is that it is a story within a story. The play proceeds towards the staging of another play within the set up of Brief Candle. In due course of rehearsals,cancer patients have a tryst with their own struggles and fears,” says theatre and television actor Amar Talwar,who plays the role of a middle-aged man who is battling prostate cancer.

Lilette Dubey and Mahesh Dattani once again get together to create a soul-stirring theatre act that revolves around cancer patients. To be staged in the city today,the play stars Joy Sengupta,Amar Talwar,Suchitra Pillai and other well-known faces from the television and theatre world. The play,which happens to be a farce,tackles the seriousness and morbidity of cancer through lively and funny situations. The timely comic scenes infused in the play not only add to the entertainment but also bring forth the bitter reality of the lives of cancer patients in a subtle manner.

The play has already been staged in Chennai and Mumbai and Amar Talwar is ecstatic with the response it has garnered. The actor feels the play is so moving since it touches the different aspects of a cancer patient’s life in an extremely light vein. “It just diffuses the seriousness permeating the air as soon as you say cancer. For instance,in the play,I am someone who has prostate cancer,” says Talwar. “For a man who has prostate cancer,it is very daunting to take a decision to part with the very organ of his body that is a symbol of his masculinity. In the play,I am a person who is always intimidated with the dilemma. I am grim,gloomy and irritable and when suddenly,in another situation,things go haywire,I change and emerge as totally different person,” he adds.

(The play will be staged today at Corinthian Club,8.45 pm)

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