Bring on the Bollywood


Bring on the BollywoodSamir Bhamra, the master of authentic Bollywood inspired work creates a brand new Bollywood dance-theatre extravaganza for Phizzical Productions in association with Belgrade Theatre Coventry.

City and country, old and new collide at Colonel Pawar’s ancestral home – the shabby and un-chic Lakshman Villa. Confined within these walls, his wife Mrs Pawar pines for the cultural polish of London, New York or Paris!

Enter the good looking and newly eligible Ronny – a quiet and withdrawn young British man who is here to scatter the ashes of his love. The Pawars have found a potential suitor to their quick-witted and resolute daughter Katrina, who is sharp, sassy and in complete control, until she learns of her parents intentions. What could possibly go wrong?

Phizzical bring theatrical magic and an innate sense of fun to this accessible and delightfully ludicrous romantic romp.

Be prepared for wit, wild parties and some wicked dances in Bring on the Bollywood.

Creative Team

Sâmir Bhamra Writer, Costume Designer, Director

Sâmir Bhamra is the artistic director of Phizzical, the creative director of the London Asian Film Festival and a mentor to emerging artists. He was the executive producer of an international dance festival and delivered three large scale during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games including a carnival procession across the East Midlands alongside the Olympic Torch Relay.

He developed his skills at the National Theatre where he focused on his artistry and strengthened Phizzical’s business model. Mentored by Nelson Fernandez OBE, he was seconded to Royal Shakespeare Company working on World Shakespeare Festival under Deborah Shaw. He shadowed Gregory Doran on The Orphan of Zhao and was an associate artist on the Indian adaptation of King Lear for Sky Arts. He was one of five leaders in the Performing Arts Leicester leadership programme and an artist in resident at Haymarket Theatre, Leicester. His recent work Ram Lila, was an outdoor commission by Leicester City Council for the Diwali celebrations in Leicester.

Producer: Sita (British Library), Subhash Viman’s triple bill, The Smile of Despair, Fangs of Fortune, Mad about the Boy.

Director: Cymbeline (national tour), the dual site specific indoor/outdoor promenade production Ticket 2 Bollywood (LCB Depot and Phoenix Square, Leicester), Anjali and the Enchanted Anklets (Curve/De Montfort University, Leicester), The Maids (touring), A Perfect Ganesh (touring), Twelfth Night, Othello, King Lear and The Tempest (Watermans, Brentford), Romeo+Laila (The Y, Leicester) and Precious Bazaar (touring).

Writer: Precious Bazaar, Ram Leela, Big B The Musical, The Nautch Girl, Bombay Superstar and Bring on the Bollywood.

Pete Bragg Lighting Designer

Pete trained at Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute For The Performing Arts in Liverpool England. He studied Theatre & Performance Design. Although this covered scenic and costume design, Pete has instead pursued his natural aptitude for lighting.

Following graduation, he spent six exciting years working in lighting production for the prestigious Royal Court Theater, The Royal Albert Hall, English National Opera and The Barbican Center on Wicked and Disney’s The Lion King Musical in London. He then relocated to Manhattan, New York in January 2011.

As an associate on Broadway and in New York, he was the associate Lighting Designer on Cyrano De Bergerac starring Douglas Hodge for the Roundabout Theatre Company. He was also associate to Kevin Adams on the Off Broadway revival of Carrie.

Niraj Chag Composer

Niraj Chag is a London-based composer and artist whose work spans a wide range of albums, film scores, theatre and live events.

Significant theatre commissions include Olivier Award Winning Rafta Rafta (National Theatre, 2007), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013) and Dara (National Theatre, 2015). Niraj has also scored over 20 dance productions including Shobana Jeyasinghs Classic Cuts (Royal Opera House, 2012) an avant-garde piece which merged South Indian Carnatic music and Bollywood samples.

Tanvi Gutka Make Up Designer

Tanvi Gutka, a renowned celebrity Make-Up Artist with a unique style, has contributed to films, photoshoots and reality TV shows.

Tanvi is known for her flawless skin and meticulous attention to detail. She has worked for Bollywood films such as Salman Khan’s Jai Ho & Big Boss, as well as hit TV shows like Nach Baliye and I Can Do That hosted by Farhan Akhtar. Her celebrity clients include, Reema Sen, Karishma Tanna, Madhurima Tulli, Sana Saeed, Sana Khan, Upen Patel, Amruta Khanvilkar to name but a few.

She currently resides in the UK, where she continues to grow her business and further her mission of helping women to feel confident and radiant, showing them how to enhance their features and apply beauty principles.

Omar Khan Script Editor

Omar Khan is an actor who started his writing career in theatre, with six stage plays, including Phizzical’s Romeo and Laila and the critically acclaimed What You Fancy, which went on a national tour.

In 2013 he joined the writing team on Zing TV’s British Asian soap Cloud 9, where he wrote 23 episodes and was a consultant on several others.

In 2014, he wrote, produced and acted in his own sitcom pilot. The pilot got a development contract with the BBC and was developed with them for several months.

Omar is short-listed for the BBC Films Screenplay First Award, one of only 7 from 445 applicants. He just completed the London Film School writers’ bootcamp, after which Channel 4, Sky and several other production houses have requested his TV pilot script.

Robby Khela Lyrics and Singer

Robby is a graduate of Brunel University, where he received a BA in English & Drama Studies in 2005.  He has signed a major record deal with Telstar Records. Robby is currently collaborating with award winning writer and director Phil Willmott to create a new musical.

Singer/Songwriter: Supporting Act for Blue (Powderham Castle), UK Asian Music Awards: Best New Act Nominee (2003), BBC2 Network East Late, Supporting Act for Girls Aloud (Powderham Castle), Supporting Act for Lemar UK Tour, Supporting Act for Misteeq UK Tour, BBC Asian Network Unsung Competition Finalist, Indian Idol 4 (Sony Entertainment Television), Strip (Debut Music Video, Independent Release), The Next Big Thing Finalist (Success Express Music).

Theatre: Cymbeline, The Maids and What You Fancy by Phizzical Productions

Screen: Trouble Wants U Presenter (Trouble TV), Alexander the Great (Oliver Stone Productions), The Bill (ITV)

Chirag Lukha Assistant Director

Chirag Lukha is a multidisciplinary performer, choreographer and director specialising in physical theatre, circus acrobatics, martial arts and magic. He has trained in various styles from renowned masters in Shaolin Kung fu, Wushu and Karate having acquired black belts to the 2nd and 4th degree as well as being hailed the ‘British all round Best’. He was the undefeated Grand National Champion for four years and represented Team England to become world number 5. He has 40 other national and international titles to his name.

Lukha’s training in theatre and dance has been from equally renowned masters. His performance career has seen him in a range of leading and supporting roles in acclaimed musicals, Shakespearean dramas, dance, magic and physical theatre shows in classical, abstract and contemporary fashions. These have toured around the world including France, Germany, USA, India, Bahrain, Dubai and Egypt to name a few.

His notable performances are his solo works at Falls View Casino which were seen by thousands of people as they were projected onto Niagara Falls and when he performed for the Royalty of Dubai which was seen by over 100,000 people live in 2008.  His recent work includes fight choreography for the national tour of Cymbeline, directing The Nautch Girl. In 2015 he wrote and directed the dance circus production Fangs of Fortune.

Steve Nijjar Story & Dialogues

Steve’s plays have sold out prestigious theatres nationally, including the Lyric Hammersmith where his play was billed as ‘one of the best nine shows in London’.

His first film won an award and was televised internationally. Steve was then commissioned to write A Chaat in the Park, starring Laila Rouass and Navin Chowdhry. The film was screened at esteemed film festivals internationally after premiering at Edinburgh International Film Festival.

More recent theatre productions have included the popular How to Kill Your Westernised Daughter and A Storm in a Chai Cup, which attracted national audiences to Leicester. Steve is currently creating new material working with the WritersLab program at the Curve in Leicester.

Madeleine Oaten Assistant Director

Madeleine is an actor/director with a long list of credits in theatre and film. She directed Phizzical’s 2015 production of The Smile of Despair and recently was Assistant Director on Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Dr. Leena Patel Choreographer

Bollywood dance sensation Leena Patel is one of Europe’s most accomplished and leading Asian performing artists. Her work has stretched from training young, fresh talent to a professional level through to choreographing celebrities. Leena has embraced her classical dance training and integrated this with her passion for Bollywood dance and has created a niche in the industry. Her vision and unique adaptation of Bollywood choreography makes her one of the most sought after British Bollywood Dance Choreographers.

For the last 10 years Leena has worked as the lead choreographer and dancer for London based Bolly Flex. She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House and The O2 arena. She has choreographed for celebrities; Shahid Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bipasha Basu and Malaika Arora. Leena’s mainstream work has reached out to the commercial industry where she has choreographed for Will.I.Am, BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing and The Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

4MG Productions Composer

4MG is a UK based Record label and artist development company. Our team have masters in engineering, music management & law. We are all creative professionals with a passion to be innovative and make every project the best it can be.

Faye Rowse Props Designer

Faye has been heavily involved in her own Bollywood romance for theatre ever since studying Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University.

Since graduating in 2013, Faye has taken every opportunity she has to be involved in Theatre, with a particular focus on Set Design. Her efforts have not gone unappreciated as the second show she designed outside university, Serjeant Musgrave’s Dance, won her the award for ‘Best New Set Designer’ at the Crescent Theatre in 2014.Other shows Faye has worked on include: Set Design for Calendar Girls, The Lord of the Flies, Deep Blue Sea and Jekyll and Hyde She is currently working on the Set Design for God of Carnage at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham which opens on 7 May 2016.

Sarvar Sabri Composer

Sarvar Sabri is an internationally renowned tabla player and composer whose versatility and passion for rich diversity of the world’s musical traditions has spurred him to experiment constantly with other worlds-class musicians, composers and dancers. A top grade artist awardee of All India Radio, he has works with the world’s leading vocalists, musicians and dancers. He is involved with collaborative, hybrid work, composing music for theatre, story-telling, dance companies radio and television.

He is the founder of The Sabri Ensemble whose music explores Indian, Latin American, Jazz and Western classical traditions. He was commissioned by BFI and Lichfield Festival to compose live music score for 1926 film Shiraz to tour to prestigious festivals and venues in the UK.  Sarvar has recently toured internationally with collaborative projects with the British Council and worked with composers Nigel Osborne (Noble Prize Nominee) and Terry Riley (Pioneer of minimalist music) and Hollywood writer Ariel Dorfman. His most recent album includes the CD, Master Drummer of India, and Svara Kanti’s Rakhshasa.

Sonia Sabri Choreographer

Sonia Sabri is amongst the brightest and most inspirational of British born dancer-choreographers working in the twenty-first century. Creating work that spans from the presentation of classical roots of Kathak to explorations of contemporary approaches, her productions reflect an appreciation of Western and Eastern cultures. Sonia’s innovation within her form has been highly acclaimed in the dance world through several commissions some including The Place Prize; BBC, Channel 4, Tanzhaus, Phizzical Productions, Manasamitra, South Bank Centre, Dance on Screen, The British Library and for London Olympics 2012 through Cultural Olympiad’s ‘Encompass 360 digital dance’ project. She is a recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award and Lisa Ullman Choreography scholarship. Sonia was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Award and for the London Dance Awards. One of her recent commissions is for a dance for screen work on a profoundly hard of hearing dancer, by Tongues on Fire for the London Asian Film Festival 2016 titled Sita.

Olly Shapley Set Designer

Twenty years after graduating from the Open University Arts Programme, Olly Shapley has worked on many national and international productions as a technical construction designer.

Gaining a wealth of experience at the Welsh National Opera House, his interest in Indian dance, Korean storytelling and productions that cross the boundaries of tradition have lead him to work in many different countries, even designing for the first professional theatre production in Saudi Arabia. Bring on the Bollywood marks Olly’s return to the Belgrade Studio, the first venue he ever designed for.

Devesh Sodha Composer

Devesh Sodha is an international composer with a diverse range of work including adverts, trailers, albums, films and theatre. His work has been featured with companies such as Nike, Forbes, Enduro Sports, Smash Haus, Quarter 4 Sports and many more. Ubisoft recently used his music for the promotion of Far Cry Primal.

He has produced an album, Second Earth, with some of the most world-renowned musicians such as Tina Guo, Uyanga Boldaatar, Aeralie Brighton. The album was published by Really Slow Motion and sub-published by Warner Chappell.

He frequently collaborates with Phizzical Productions, having composed for the tour of Cymbeline, The Nautch Girl and with his upcoming show Chaplin’s Raj, which is a musical and visual piece combining the work from silent era legends Charlie Chaplin and Raj Kapoor which will be accompanied with a live orchestra.

Subhash Viman Choreographer

Subhash Viman is a British choreographer and dancer. He came into classical dance through hip-hop, which gives him a distinct style. His ability to move in a smooth and liquid way gives his dance an unorthodox and quirky edge.  The rich plethora of dance training he has brings a wide range of movement vocabulary to his choreographic work, with leaps, floor work, spins, humorous gesture and expression. His recent movement vocabulary and choreographic credits include Murmur for Aakash Odedra, the stage adaptation of Kiran Nagarkar’s novel God’s Little Soldier produced by Theatre Freiburg, Germany and an outdoor work from Phizzical in Leicester based on the Indian mythological story of Ram Lila for the largest Diwali celebrations outside of India.

His performance credits include the Bessie award winning choreography Ecstasy for the German tour of Get on the Good Foot produced by Apollo Theatre in New York and The Nautch Girl choreographed by award winning British Kathak choreographer Sonia Sabri. His own work includes Morphed and Fly From with Saju Hari and Three with TJ Lowe.