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Mahesh Bhatt presented the staged version of ‘Arth’

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MUMBAI: Known for choosing intriguing topics as the subjects of his films, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt created a furore in the 80s when he made Arth – a coming of age movie that was considered “too bold” for that time.

Now, the filmmaker who has had successful runs with his past theatrical productions like The Last Salute and Trial of Errors with Sandiip Kapur (promodome films) adapted the film for the stage.

Arth - The Play was staged at Sriram Center, Mandi House in the capital over the weekend which was attended by the director himself. Bhatt was seen interacting with and encouraging the artists.

The play was directed by Priyanka Pathak, a graduate in ‘Theater Design and Direction’ from National School of Drama (NSD), who has worked with eminent theater personalities from India and abroad.

On the occasion Mahesh Bhatt said, “We all borrow from life but not everybody achieves results quite as cauterizing.”

Delhi-based actor Imran Zahid, who earlier essayed the role of Muntadar Al Zaidi in The Last Salute and of journalist Rehan in Trial of Errors played the lead role. Starring alongside him was Padmashree C.R., an NSD pass out who is currently working at Kingdom of Dreams as an actress in its production Zangoora and Moon Moon Singh, who graduated from the National NSD in 2011 with a specialization in acting.

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