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British Indian playwright Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’ debuts in Chicago

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Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” has made its way to a Chicago theater.

CHICAGO (Diya TV) — Charles Dickens’ famous novel ‘Great Expectations’, adapted by British-Indian playwright Tanika Gupta, has made its way stateside, the production debuted in Chicago on May 11 and will continue through July 2. It is being co-presented by Silk Road Rising and the Remy Bumppo Theatre.

The production is co-directed by Lavina Jadhwani and Nick Sandys.

Transplanted in Calcutta in a colonial India, this tale of aspiration, intrigue, and romance features  Indian orphan Pip, played by Anand Bhatt, and a cast of multi-ethnic characters. Pip receives a mysterious inheritance, and is forced to chose between his humble rural life and the city life of an English “gentleman.”

Gupta’s adaptation brings out the clash of cultures, classes, and conscience, to expand Dickens’ question: Is it worth losing who you are for who you might become? Gupta, who was born in Bengali, originally adapted Great Expectations for English Touring Theatre’s production in 2011.

“This new version transports Dickens’ narrative with a specificity and theatricality that is truly exciting-and yet 90% of the dialogue comes directly from the novel,” Remy Bumppo Producing Artistic Director Nick Sandys on the play’s website.

“Gupta has adapted this classic with absolute valour and aplomb,” said Silk Road Rising Artistic Director Jamil Khoury. “This is not an attempt to superimpose or meld cultural contexts. Rather, it’s a telling of the Dickens’ story that brilliantly reimagines and re-centers it-all while honoring the genius of the 19th century narrative.”

 

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White Supremacist kills 49 at New Zealand mosque

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) —   Two mosques in New Zealand were targeted in what appears to be a coordinated racist attack. 49 people are dead and 49 others are seriously wounded. Three people are in custody for the carnage, including a 28-year-old Australian self-proclaimed racist man who livestreamed the bloodshed.

The Bangladesh cricket team was visiting one of the mosques at the time of the attack and escaped through a park.

The U.S. announced they will build six atomic power plants in India in another major step in bettering bilateral ties. India also received a special waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group to sign cooperation agreements with a dozen nations.

In a one on one with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai — we’ll preview our exclusive conversation with the man who’s become a household name for heading one of the most important oversight agencies in the U.S. government.

Bollywood star Aamir Khan is bringing ‘Forrest Gump’ to the Bollywood big screen, buying the rights to the classic from Paramount. Khan will star in the title role.

And YouTube sensation Lilly Singh will become the first South Asian ever to host a broadcast network late night show, as she will take over the 1:30 a.m. time slot on NBC. “A Little Late with Lilly Singh” debuts in September.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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WATCH: What do Priyanka Chopra’s Hollywood Co-stars think of her?

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) —  Diya TV hit the pink carpet to talk with Priyanka Chopra about her role in the new rom-com Isn’t it Romantic. While we were there, we also spoke with her co-stars to see what they had to say about working with her.


Kenneth High contributed to this report.

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WATCH: Priyanka Chopra on her role in the new rom-com Isn’t it Romantic

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Priyanka Chopra and Rebel Wilson star in a feminist rom-com of the year, Isn’t it Romantic releasing this Valentine’s Day.

Priyanka spoke to reporters about the importance of supporting other women in Hollywood. Like Isn’t it Romantic star and producer Rebel Wilson.

She also gave insight into how a gap in the filming of her currently airing tv show, Quantico, gave her the time to appear in the film and how her recent marriage to Nick Jonas might have changed her performance in the film.

Kenneth High contributed to this report.

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