CHENNAI: Every decade of Bollywood has seen some great chemistry between actors. If it was Nargis-Raj Kapoor in the 50s, it was Rajesh Khanna-Sharmila Tagore in the 60s and way into the 70s, while real-life couple Dharmendra-Hema Malini found their match on screen in the 70s. The trend continued in the 80s, like Naseeruddin Shah-Shabana Azmi and Farooque Sheikh-Deepti Naval. Aarohi — A Musical Note in Crescendo will present Ek Main Aur Ek Tu, showcasing some of the most popular songs featuring Bollywood’s on screen pairs from the 50s to 90s. The show is in aid of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients.
Talking to CE, one of the spokespersons of Aarohi, which was formed in 2013, says, “There are many pairs that have sizzled on screen with some delightful numbers. Though this is retro, we have extended our decade list to the 90s. So, it has some of the numbers from some of the early movies of Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan. There are some unlikely pairs too.” Talking about the cause associated with the programmes, the spokesperson adds, “There are two aspects to our band. One is that we are a group of professionals in our own right with a track record of leadership in our profession and have come together to raise funds for charity through a common passion we share — retro cinema music with a slant towards Bollywood. We organise fundraisers for different deserving causes. Second, it’s not a donate-and-forget approach. We try to find sustainable solutions by using our professional connections and capabilities like trying to find placement, giving employability training for dialysis patients, MS Patients, kin, etc, to make them self sustaining to some extent. This is a new thought we are trying to build on with limited success, but I am sure it will catch on.”
Ek Main Aur Ek Tu will be staged at Museum Theatre, Egmore, on July 18 at 6.30 pm. Tickets are available on bookmyshow, eventjini & explara. For details, contact, Ann Gonsalvez, Multiple Sclerosis Society of India – Chennai Chapter, Tel: 044 – 6624 0358/ 98843 14021 / 99621 00256.