Houston: Stellar performance by actors Anupam Kher and Neena Gupta in the play "Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha", has earned them continuous?accolades in 14 major US cities and Toronto and Vancouver in Canada since its first sold out event here on August 7.
Due to the public demand, yet another sold out show of "Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha", is being played for the second time in Houston. Mayor, Annise Parker commended the actor's commitment for providing quality entertainment to the community and, also declared August 7 as Anupam Kher Day.
"It makes me feel great. You can rope in audiences on the first night through previous credentials, but it is the play that keeps audiences coming back after that," the 60-year-old actor said.
A new concept has been employed in the production of this play with the use of multimedia. A large video screen depicts flashbacks and there are even interactive dialogues between the actors on stage and those on the screen.
"It is not a love story, but a story about relationships, misunderstandings and our awkwardness in dealing with the truth. It has universal appeal," Kher said. "It's amazing how someone who meant the world to you sometimes turns into merely an acquaintance over time. We often skirt delicate issues by saying 'Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha'."
Gupta said she was fortunate to have been offered this play with such a talented team. Rajendra Singh of Star Promotions said he watched the play in India and was so impressed that he immediately decided to share his experience by becoming the national promoter so he could bring it across North America.
Directed and written by Rakesh Bedi, the play keeps the audience glued in the web of wit and range of emotions and brings them down the cherished memory lane. It tells the story of a man called Preetam (Kher), his struggles and his love. The actor has managed to draw in crowds as well as high praise from all across the US.
Bedi's sporadic appearances as a casual jogger in the park bring lighter moments into the play. The audience burst out laughing during Bedi's short interruptions to the couple's memory lane.
While in New York, Kher,?was invited to Robert De Niro's birthday dinner on August 17. Talking about that, Kher said, "I was honoured to be part of the celebration. I really admire Mr Robert De Niro,". Kher has also directed a short film, "I Went Shopping For Robert De Niro", as a tribute to the veteran actor.