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HANDS FULL Cyrus Dastur admires Charlie Chaplin, J.R.D. Tata and Dev AnandIn short
HANDS FULL Cyrus Dastur admires Charlie Chaplin, J.R.D. Tata and Dev AnandIn short

Cyrus F Dastur has big screen dreams

Did you know that noted theatre personalities Cyrus F Dastur and Tom Alter ‘almost landed in jail’ when they were in Kolkata to stage the play “When God Said Cheers” in 2006? “Tom had a small tiff with a cyber café which was blown out of proportion. Our show was scheduled at 7 p.m. and we were in the police station till 6.30 p.m. Thank God it all ended well,” Cyrus says heaving a sigh of relief.

The five-year-old play with 150 stage performances to its credit has travelled across countries and raked in immense popularity for its actors.

Turning point

The play shook Cyrus in more ways than one. “I had gone to Delhi for the play and was shopping at Sarojini Market which witnessed serial blasts immediately after I left the place,” he reminisces.

Ask him about the short films his production house Two Plus Productions has distributed and a smile is back on Cyrus’ face.

He has just finished compiling ten interesting short films “Hot Shorts” in the form of a DVD. He calls the genre as the ‘new sunrise’ and admits he wants to see more of them. Talking about a new short film “Hide and Seek” directed by Suryaprakash Lakkoju, which the company has produced Cyrus says: “It is a 15-minute thriller and will keep the audiences hooked.”

Magnum opus

Future plans include a magnum opus “Begum”. “Talks have been going on for a year now but since the production is on a large scale, nothing has been finalised. It is my dream to make a play on Begum Khairunnisa’s tender love story,” he says adding Nandana Sen might play the Begum’s role.

Cyrus’ adventure streak has got a new life with a travel show. “We have finalised a deal with a travel company in Mumbai to make content for television. The programme will feature an interesting place every week. If we are showcasing a travel spot like Allepey, we might just concentrate on the boat ride there.”

Cyrus’ role models include Charlie Chaplin, J.R.D. Tata and Dev Anand for their “brilliance, philanthropy and energy.” He is extending his creativity to the big screen too and three feature films are in the pipeline

NEERAJA MURTHY

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