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'Aruna's Story' is now a theatrical experience!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

There’s a piece of theatre from producer Raell Padamsee that premieres on October 12 at the Royal Opera House and which aims to renew a conversation at the grassroots of society. Somewhat serious in nature, it details the now-famous story of the late nurse Aruna Shanbaug who was brutally assaulted by a male colleague while on duty and was reduced to a near-vegetable state for many years. Aruna’s comatose body, and how to deal with it, became one of the developments that led to the introduction of passive euthanasia in our country -- as well as a substantial reason for some other important legislations on sexual assault. Aruna’s Story, the play, is a one-woman performance in which talented actress Lushin Dubey depicts the main protagonist Aruna as well as 17 other characters from the horrifying incident. The play is dramatized in a manner in which the story can be thoroughly assimilated by an audience and one which will get them thinking.  Based on the eponymous book by author Pinkie Virani, the play Aruna’s Story, Raell informs, is expertly directed by Arvind Gaur with lighting and effects to produce a memorable experience for the audience. The play which runs an hour and fifteen minutes will be followed by 40-minute interactive discussion in real life between the audience and special guests who represent different arms of government as well as some NGOs. What could the audience possibly gain from watching such a serious play, we ask producer Raell? To which Raell replies: “Firstly it’s a brilliant piece of theatre. It is also unusual from a theatrical perspective (in having one actress perform 18 characters) and is a dynamic and vibrant dramatization at that. What’s more, it will hopefully galvanise some of its viewers into action to effect social change!”

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