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The Ekjute Theatre Group Performs Play at Chitkara University

Published on April 22, 2022

Chitkara University, Punjab, organized a performance on April 19th, 2022 by Ekjute, one of the most influential theatre groups in India. The show “With Love, Aap Ki Saiyaara” was written, directed, and performed by Juhi Babbar Soni (daughter of Sh. Raj Babbar).

The play “With Love, Aap Ki Saiyaara” was inspired by a character conceived by Nadira Zaheer Babbar and saw lead performers Achint Marwah, Smita Juwatkar, and others in elements. The character “Saiyaara” was conceived by Nadira Zaheer Babbar. Saiyaara is passionate, urban, and undaunted. She dares to dream through the perspective of a modern Indian lady. Her sweet and spicy perspective on “men, marketing, and mores” was delivered in a fascinating conversational manner with the gallery, making the audience a part of the performance. Saiyaara made sure to glitter her way into the hearts of the audience and dazzle forever. The performance touched various human emotions. Ms. Juhi Babbar Soni then shared her thoughts with the audience and thanked everyone for such a warm response to her act.

Born into a family of actors, Juhi developed an interest in acting at an early age. She started by acting in the theatre and made her stage debut alongside her mother (theatre artist Nadira Babbar) in the play titled ‘Begum Jaan’. It was Juhi’s histrionics in this play that impressed her father. Accordingly, he decided to make a film titled “Kash Aap Humare Hote” with Juhi in the female lead role opposite singer Sonu Nigam. In 2005, she made her Punjabi film debut with Yaaran Naal Baharan, alongside Jimmy Shergill. In 2009, she appeared in an Indian sitcom, Ghar Ki Baat Hai, produced by Shah Rukh Khan‘s Red Chillies Idiot Box, in which she played the role of a homemaker. Juhi made a comeback to acting after a long break with Neeraj Pandey’s film Aiyaary (2018).

Ms. Juhi Babbar Soni mentors budding actors to make them learn acting skills. Juhi also manages Ekjute Theatre Group along with her mother, Nadira Babbar. Ekjute is one of the most influential and iconic theatre groups in India. It was formed in 1981. For the last 40 years, Ekjute has been at the forefront of change, experiments, and quality in Hindi theatre in India. Far from resting on its laurels, the group has been one of the more active Indian theatre groups and has to its credit the introduction of several theatre forms and new trends in the Indian theatre arena. Since its foundation, Ekjute has strived for the highest standards of art and performance. The group has been responsible for some of the most important plays and most talented actors in Indian theatre and cinema over the last few decades. Ekjute has been the medium for some of the stalwarts of Indian theatre and cinema to showcase their talent. Several of today’s illustrious names in Indian performing arts got noticed and received their initial accolades while working with Ekjute. The group has successfully transcended the usual boundaries that limit theatre to exploring and showcasing a range of art forms, performing and otherwise. Today, Ekjute has become the beacon of constant evolution in the Indian performing arts, challenging audience perception and entertaining them with new art forms and stellar talent.

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