Pun­jabi all the way


A new pro­duc­tion called Balle Balle staged over the week­end was, as de­scribed, a re­cre­ation of a big fat Pun­jabi wed­ding com­plete with Bol­ly­wood frills. It was a com­edy of er­rors, but noth­ing you’ve not al­ready seen on the big screen. The pro­duc­tion val­ues, cos­tumes and cre­ativ­ity be­hind ev­ery song se­quence were in­deed breath­tak­ing. Also, constant in­ter­ac­tion with the au­di­ence dur­ing the musical def­i­nitely earned the cast brownie points. We caught known faces like Poonam Sinha and Jayaa Bhat­tachar­rya en­joy­ing the musical. Gur­sim­ran Khamba at­tended the do with a fe­male friend. It was also in­ter­est­ing to see the cast and crew join the au­di­ence in the last dance num­ber. Some mem­bers from the crowd even joined the per­form­ers on stage to shake a leg. How­ever, when you talk about Broad­way mu­si­cals, one ex­pects the singing to be at par with the level of per­for­mances. Sadly, they missed the mark on that de­spite prac­tis­ing for eight months. The one song-and­dance performance that truly stood out was Tadap Tadap Ke (orig­i­nally sung by KK) from the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Al­most all the dance se­quences were chore­ographed flaw­lessly, but we can’t say the same about the act­ing or singing prow­ess on of­fer.

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