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Burjor Patel

  • Rising above sudden crises to deliver hit shows

    Let me talk today about some unexpected experiences in my theatre journey. Year 1978: Launch of Adi Marzban-Burjor Patel Productions. For our first venture we selected a hilarious American comedy called My Daughter Rated 'X'. It was about an old-fashioned censor board chief responsible for...

    Saturday, 9 August 2014 - 6:00am
  • Hiccups, headaches and a blockbuster on hand

    Today let me talk on some hiccups I faced in my theatre journey. After  four successful plays at the box office, my co-producer Hosi Vasunia decided that we’d had enough of comedies and farces.The elitist bug hit him and he decided to venture into staging some classics, much  against my better...

    Friday, 25 July 2014 - 6:00am
  • Sex comedy and bedroom romp as my production debut

    “There is a big difference between  those who dream  and those who make their dreams come true”. From being just an actor to becoming a producer in your own production house is a long, steep climb. Bottoms Up was the peak of that journey which we talked about last time. Where that journey began and...

    Saturday, 12 July 2014 - 6:00am
  • The theatre miracle that was Bottoms Up

    “There are those who accept situations and those who rise to change them”

    Saturday, 28 June 2014 - 6:00am
  • Tryst with theatre is full of hits and a handful of misses

    Let me tell you about some' hits' and 'misses' in my theatre journey. Dr Sitanshu Yashaschandra is a household name in the Gujarati literary circle. Poet, writer, historian and academician, he has won several awards. He also scripted Ketan Mehta's movie called Maya Memsaab based on Gustave Flaubert...

    Saturday, 14 June 2014 - 6:00am
  • The commitment of a helmsman and a brilliant cast

    We have heard pandits say: "You 'can be' anything you want to be." I don't fully subscribe to that. You 'cannot be' anything you want to be but you 'can be' a lot more of who you already are.

    Saturday, 31 May 2014 - 6:00am
  • A household name at the ripe young age of 79

    Today let me move the clock forward and talk on the title of the column ‘Life begins at Eighty’. I had touched upon that in my  first couple of articles about my return from Dubai in 2009 at the ripe ‘young’ age of 79, after spending 21 years with a media company, and my retirement plan to pursue...

    Monday, 19 May 2014 - 7:00am
  • Adi Marzban took Parsi theatre to dizzying heights

    “All this discussion on Miller and Bartok… how does their work apply to India? I give people what they want — healthy laughter and a few hours of enjoyment.”—Adi Marzban.

    Saturday, 3 May 2014 - 6:05am
  • Runaway hits, fragile egos: Highs and lows in artiste's life

    After half-a-dozen box office hits Adi Marzban/Burjor Patel Productions were on a high. Unfortunately, this was not to last long. My suggestion to Adi to invite new directors under our banner to work with our actors with a view to giving their talent new direction did not go well with Adi. Some of...

    Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 6:05am
  • Setting a trend of weekend English theatre in Bombay

    The year 1980. Having established my banner Burjor Patel Productions in the Gujarati theatre world, I wanted to make waves in the world of English theatre. English theatre then was a sporadic activity with the likes of Alyque Padamsee, Gerson D’cunha and Pearl Padamsee staging classic plays and...

    Saturday, 5 April 2014 - 6:05am