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Dhoop Chaoon produces two short Hindi comedy films

April 2017
Dhoop Chaoon produces two short Hindi comedy films

 

(Left) Cast and crew of the short film about kids learning Hindi, “Natkhat Rangeelay.”

Dhoop Chaoon Hindi Theatre Group recently produced and released two short films, “Natkhat Rangeelay” and “Ye Auratein Bhi Kya Bla Hain.” Local artists of all age groups participated. The group hosted a free movie screening at Fusion Event Hall on February 19, 2017. The cast and crew of the films spoke about their roles, their journey with the production, and their love of South Asian arts.

Language is an open window to a culture, and Hindi is a very powerful language. Kids born thousands of miles away in a different country should not be denied access to it. Efforts like these help them stay connected to their roots: Sandhya Bhagat started an acting school for kids called Natkhat Rangshala to teach Hindi through acting. Dhoop Chaoon Hindi Theatre Group’s three main objectives are keeping the Hindi language alive, promoting the culture, and entertainment. The group presents everyday stories on stage and in films in a humorous manner.

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Natkhat Rangeelay” was the first short film made by Dhoop Chaoon. Scripted by Sandhya Bhagat and directed by Shankar Mahadevan, the film shows kids attempting to learn Hindi from a teacher who thinks that he is teaching Hindi—but is he? The concept for the film was taken from real observation and was brought to life on screen with “naughty buddies” as a comedy. Cast and crew: Akash Joshi, Advait Shivram, Ananya Jain, Aneesh Agarwal, Ayan Agarwal, Pooja Hanumasagar, Sanjeev Agarwal, Shruti Mishra, Vedarsh Mishra. Assistant Director, Rachita Iyer. Production Manager, Anil Bhagat. Cinematographer, Anuj Jain.

 

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Filming: Scene 3, Take 5!

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Actors Akanksha Rajpal, Rita Kapahi, Nidhi Mishra Bajpai, and Mini Mehta.


Ye Auratein Bhi Kya Bla Hain” is the second short film and is also based on a real life incident. It’s a comedy showing women going through various emotions thoughout a day, one minute crying, another minute laughing—but was it the place to show their emotions? Scripted by Sandhya Bhagat and directed by Shankar Mahadevan, the film casts Akanksha Jurani, Anil Bhagat, Gurupesh Bedi, Jayesh Jurani, Manjit Bedi, Mini Mehta, Nidhi Mishra Bajpai, Rita Kapahi, Shree Vora, Veena Katdare. Camera, Anuj Jain, Donna Wohg, Shekhar Narayanan. Assistant Director, Rachita Iyer. Music by Amitava Sen (violin), Amit Chabukswar (tabla), and Shivali (vocals).

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About 75-100 folks attended the screening, including Consul D. V. Singh. Special thanks to Anjali Chhabria of TV Asia for coverage, and to Shamim Dalwai and Dr. Nazneen Dalwai and for providing the venue. Tea, samosa, and sweets were provided by Dhoop Chaoon team members. A Q&A session followed the screening, at which the director, writer, and actors spoke about the filmmaking. Including planning, casting, several days of filming, and editing, the project took about one month.

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Gurupdesh Bedi, Sandhya Saxena Bhagat, Consul D. V. Singh, Nida Pawar Shariff, Mini Mehta, Krishan Goyal, Akanksha Rajpal, and Nidhi Mishra Bajpai at Fusion Event Hall.

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Videos:
Ye Auratein Bhi Kya Bla Hain
DhoopChaoon
Published on Feb 19, 2017
Hindi comedy film shot in Atlanta.
Bhajan "Vaishnav Jan To" on violin by Amitava Sen and tabla by Amit Chabukswar at the beginning, vocals by Shivali at the end.
https://youtu.be/ZmvpomfOkGc


Natkhat Rangeeley
DhoopChaoon
Published on Jan 18, 2016
This video is about Natkhat Rangeeley and their attempt to learn Hindi, from a teacher who thinks that he is teaching Hindi but is he?
https://youtu.be/kwMIW-blWR0


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