The Bombay Plays

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Playwrights Canada Press, 2007 - Drama - 125 pages
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The Matka King
In a story that pits human nature against love and chance, a landscape of betrayal and redemption comes to life in the red-light district of Bombay, India. One very powerful eunuch, Top Rani, operates an illicit lottery through his brothel, and when a gambler who is deeply in debt makes an unexpected wager, the stakes become life and death. Can a fortune teller and a ten-year-old girl beat Top Rani at his own game?

Bombay Black
Apsara, Bombay's most infamous dancer, lives with her iron-willed mother Padma in an apartment by the sea. Padma takes money from men so they watch her daughter perform a mesmerizing dace. Apsara's extraordinary beauty and erotically charged dancing cast a powerful spell over her wealthy and famous clientele. One day, a mysterious blind man named Kamal visits for a private dance. His secret link to their past threatens to change each of their lives forever. At turns lyrical and brutal, Bombay Black charts the seduction of Apsara by Kamal, and Padma's violent enmity towards the blind man and the secret he holds.

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The most striking Indian English Drama of 21st century which focuses on the social and psychological disorder of the changed social system in India.
Prof. Shakil Shaikh

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About the author (2007)

Anosh Irani was born and brought up in Bombay, India. He moved to Vancouver in 1998. His first play, The Matka King, premiered at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver, in October 2003. Bombay Black, commissioned by Nightswimming, was produced in January 2006 by Cahoots Theatre Projects and was the winner of 4 Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play. His first novel, The Cripple and His Talismans, was published by Raincoast Books in 2004, and in the U.S. and Germany in 2005. His second novel, The Song of Kahunsha, was published in 2006 by Doubleday Canada. Rights have been sold to the U.S., Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Israel, and Portugal. He is working on a new play, My Granny the Goldfish, for the Canadian Stage Company.

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