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.