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Devika Rani

Devika Rani

Drama, Historical | English | 12+ | 2hrs
Artists
Ira Dubey
Ira Dubey
Joy Sengupta
Joy Sengupta
Mark Bennington
Mark Bennington
Rishi Khurana
Rishi Khurana
Rachit Bahal
Rachit Bahal
Pranav Sachdev
Pranav Sachdev
Nandita Dubey
Nandita Dubey
Aakanksha Kadre
Aakanksha Kadre
Director
Lillette Dubey
Lillette Dubey
Writer
Kishwar Desai
Kishwar Desai
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In pre-Independence India, the First Lady of Indian cinema, Devika Rani was a trail blazer in every sense of the word with many ‘firsts’ attached to her name. Enormously intelligent, fiercely outspoken, prodigiously talented and utterly beautiful, she was among the first educated Indian women to enter Indian cinema, (at a time when only tawaifs and dancing girls joined the profession). Her films were strongly women-centric, and dealt with important social themes, from casteism to the ostracism of barren women, from anti-British propaganda to widows. The play spans her twenty-odd years in films, revealing the real Devika behind the reel one, till she finally left it all at 37, and to go and live in Manali, with the love of her life, Russian painter Svetoslav Roerich. Always a non-conformist and strongly individualistic, her life is as inspiring as it was tumultuous, and her story as relevant today as then, when women still struggle to prove themselves in a man’s world.  

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