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Dhoop Chaoon comes up with a web series Bollywood Bnaam Dhoop Chaoon

March 2021
Dhoop Chaoon comes up with a web series Bollywood Bnaam Dhoop Chaoon

Dhoop Chaoon, a leading Hindi theatre group active in Atlanta for the last 14 years, has come up with its latest presentation in the form of a three-episode web series Bollywood Bnaam DhoopChaoon.

In light of the current pandemic, the director and writer, Sandhya Saxena Bhagat, wanted to present a light-hearted comedy with the intention of providing wholesome entertainment loaded with humor and nostalgia. What better way to connect with the audiences than Bollywood!

Dhoop Chaoon artists reprised the roles of Bollywood stars from yesteryears.

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“Bollywood has had an immense role to play in spreading the language of Hindi around the world. So, I chose this as the theme and built the story to showcase some of the Bollywood veterans who have left an indelible mark on the film industry. Highlighting the signature styles of different actors and actresses of yesteryears as well as today’s superstars, this series has many light and nostalgic moments to it,” says Bhagat.

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The actors spent time for thorough research to prepare for their respective roles where they attempted to step into the shoes of these famous doyens of Bollywood. The entire crew had a very memorable time reprising the roles of their heroes.

It was a different project for the group, and a challenging one too, given the restrictions with respect to social distancing and mask mandates. They say that the project felt like shooting three short movies in a brief span of time in addition to the pandemic challenges.

Each of the three episodes premiered as weekly releases over a period of three consecutive weeks.

Aashish Kapoor did a professional job of editing the entire shoot. Award-winning Shekar Narayanan was the chief cinematographer. Technical support was ably provided by Sudhir Agarwal and Anil Bhagat. The actors who played different roles include Aashish Kapoor, Anshika Rajul Mishra, Mohammad Shouaib, Muhammad Asani, Nidhi Pipal, Ritambhara Mittal, Satish Dharmarajan, Sarika Jaswani, Sumona Goswami, Anil Jaswani, Chaitali De, Kamlesh Chugh, Poornima Raj, Premanand Goswami, Manjusha Varma, Asha Gupta, Rita Kapahi, Sudhir Agarwal, Anil Bhagat, and Suraiya Hyder.

The help provided by the backstage volunteers was invaluable. They include Puneet Bhatnagar, Gandharv Bhagat, Kartikay Bhagat, Swayam Sarkar, and Swati Mistry. Special thanks to Shailesh Lakhtakia, Dharamvir Singh, Mustafa Ajmeri, Aslam Pervez, and Raktim Sen for gracing the zoom presentation of the series.

The series, along with other e-Nataks and productions by the group, is available on Youtube.com/user/DhoopChaoon

—Akila Giridhran

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