Actor Lillette Dubey will be directing a play on the first Lady of Indian Cinema, Devika Rani. Ira Dubey will be playing the role of Devika who was often called the “Indian Garbo”.
Devika Rani was Rabindranath Tagore’s grandniece who grew up in the crucible of Bengali Renaissance, and studied in England from the age of nine. Hers was an inspirational story of courage, determination, and individuality, set against one of the most exciting and glamorous periods of film history.
The play Devika Rani will focus on the life and struggles of an independent, ambitious woman who was determined to make it big in the acting profession. Although a star performer, she had to face a multitude of problems in her personal and professional life owing to the patriarchal society and its pressures.
Lillette Dubey who has many successful plays to her credit including Salaam Noni Appa, Gauhar and Kanyadaan spoke about her latest venture.
She said, “Devika Rani is an inspiration to all of us, men and women. She thought ahead of her time and stood her ground in a society that stepped on women’s ambitions. To be able to pay a small tribute to her courage through this play is an honour and a pleasure for me. Showhouse has always encouraged good stories and this is proof of it.”
Devika Rani will also feature seasoned actors like Joy Sengupta, Rishi Khurana, Nandita Dubey, Aakanksha Kadre, Pranav Sachdev, and Kashyap Shangari.
Written by Kishwar Desai, Devika Rani will be performed across Pune, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Gurugram and Bangalore.
Devika Rani premiers at the end of August and tickets will be available on BookMyShow.