Padma Shri awardee Aamir Raza Husain brings his rib-tickling play Goodness Gracious Me to the city
Welcom Theatre, an 18-year-old initiative by ITC Hotels kickstarted its sojourn in the city last June with Isheeta Ganguly’s Sundays with Chitra & Chaitali. This weekend, it is back to ITC Kohenur with its maiden showcase of Goodness Gracious Me, directed by Padma Shri awardee Aamir Raza Husain and his wife, theatre doyen Virat Husain. “It is a laugh-a-line comedy so whoever watches the play will leave the theatre in good spirits,” says the former, Aamir. “I believe theatre is meant to enliven you because we live in such a depressing world. Just look at the news or around you and you would know,” he adds.
The play revolves around a doctor, Hubert Bonney, who is doing quite well in his career but faces an onslaught after he discovers he has fathered an illegitimate child. Chaos ensues as he tries to deal with the series of unexpected events that unfold. Expect this comical riot to have you laughing throughout, says the seasoned theatre personality. Aamir is also keen on meeting his ardent followers backstage after the event. “I am really excited to come and meet the Hyderabadis, they are always so thoughtful and warm,” says the stalwart. Goodness Gracious Me was earlier performed in Delhi and Kolkata. Hyderabad is the third city he will be showcasing the play in. A few other fine artistes from Delhi feature in the play including Kavitha Seth, Rajat Mukharji and Ashok Dhawan.