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Watching Shabana and Shiamak perform

Friday, May 03, 2019

We attended the musical play ‘The Best of Alyque’ nearly two weeks ago at the Tata Theatre and it was a lot like watching a bunch of our childhood icons perform. While Shabana Azmi enacted an excerpt from the Alyque Padamsee-directed play ‘Broken Images’ which is about the fragmentation of an individual’s identity, Shiamak Davar sang a hilarious song from ‘Kabaret’ which was Alyque’s stage musical version of the 1972 Liza Minnelli film ‘Cabaret’, among others. When we, prior to the show, asked Shabana what her memories of Alyque as a director were, Shabana said: “Alyque had a tremendous sense of what the audience would react to and they did almost on cue!... Through all the years I did ‘Broken Images’ he always sent me an email of encouragement on the day of the show and was always effusive and full of beans.” Just when we were wondering whether she had ever witnessed the famous Padamsee directorial temper, Shabana pre-empted us with: “I had told Alyque right in the beginning that I couldn’t bear to be shouted at so I never got to glimpse it!” And Shiamak, who was originally mentored by Alyque, added: “My journey with Alyque if described in one word would be – enriching! Finding the right mentor is the biggest achievement for a student and I found mine in Alyque. I am blessed to have been taught under his guidance and I treasure everything I have learnt from him.”

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