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The theatre production company Felicity Theatre will stage the magnum opus play Mahabharat written and directed by film, television and theatre stalwart Puneet Issar. For the first time in history, this powerful theatrical unravels the selfless, unconditional friendship and loyalty between Duryodhan and Karan. This new version of  Mahabharat presents the point of view of these two characters and highlights the causes that led to the destructive War. The play is presented in a poetic format, with a rhythmic rendering of dialogues and tells us a story about good prevailing over evil. Mahabharat has a galaxy of iconic stars from the world of film, television, and theatre  that includes Puneet Issar, Rahul Bhuchar, Meghna Malik, Gufi Paintal, Surendra Pal, Aarti Nagpal,Karan Sharma, Harleen Rekhi, Sidhanth Issar, Danish Akhtar, Yashodhan Rana, and Diksha Raina.This mythological extravaganza will dazzle audiences with its exquisite costumes, vibrant choreography and powerful performances for the first time in Mumbai with its premiere on Saturday,14th September,2019 at Nehru Center and Sunday 15th September 2019 at St Andrew’s.

Puneet Issar as Duryodhan and Rahul Bhauchar as Karan.

Puneet Issar, writer, and director “Mahabharat,” says, “This rendition of Mahabharata brings forth Duryodhans version of reality and truth as he saw it. The play throws light on the human aspects of his life such as his rock solid bond of friendship towards his friend – Karan, his relationship with elders of the Kuru clan and Draupadi.Am sure this version will be an eye-opener for many and allow audiences to view this epic tale with a fresh new perspective.”

Gufi Paintal as Shakuni Mama along with Puneet Issar as Duryodhan and Rahul Bhauchar as Karan.

Rahul Bhuchar, Producer and MD, Felicity Theatre added “Recreating Mahabharata with some of the finest talents from cinema and television has truly been a fascinating journey. It is a blockbuster production with magnificent sets and a storyline that will keep the audiences enthralled all through the performance.”

Yashodhan Rana as Shree Krishna along with Puneet Issar as Duryodhan.

The play is narrated by DHARTI MATA (Mother Earth  played by the renowned TV Actress Meghna Malik), who explains that no matter what the reasons for conflict may have been, the end result has always been the destruction of the planet and mankind. This play revolves around  three pivotal characters Duryodhan (Puneet Issar), Karan(Rahul Bhuchar) and Draupadi(Harleen Rekhi). The arrogance Of Draupadi, The shrewdness Of Shakuni(Gufi Paintal), and the obstinacy of Duryodhan may have caused the conflict but under the debris of all Evil was Buried the forgotten story of true friendship, unconditional love and selfless sacrifice ever witnessed by mankind. The dilemma of the Pandavas (Danish Akhtar and Karan Sharma), Kunti’s Pain(Diksha Raina), Gandhari’s(Aarti Nagpal) helplessness, and Lord Krishna’s(Yashodhan Rana) guidance that has been created for eternity is portrayed beautifully by an ensemble of well-known actors.

Diksha Raina as Kunti.

Mahabharata depicts a strong  bond between two friends Duryodhan and Karan, the two eminent characters of the play and lays emphasis on the fact that ‘ There is a little good in every bad and a little bad in every good ‘. This magnificent production will be showcased on spectacular larger than life sets .with high voltage drama, sound and lights. To enhance the viewing experience, the music has been specially composed and recorded to augment the overall experience for theatergoers.

Harleen Rekhi as Draupadi along with Puneet Issar as Duryodhan.

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