Agam Darshi and Munish Sharma in Bombay Black. Photo by Zahida Rahemtulla.
Agam Darshi and Munish Sharma in Bombay Black. Photo by Zahida Rahemtulla.
The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them. Anosh Irani’s Dora Award-winning Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India.

Tell us about the show.

The iron-willed Padma takes money from men who watch her daughter Apsara perform an erotic dance. When a mysterious blind man named Kamal arrives for an appointment, his secret threatens to change each of their lives forever.

Written by Indian-Canadian novelist and playwright Anosh Irani, Bombay Black features a remarkable poetic text, bold theatrical imagery, and a gritty twist. It’s funny, violent, and humane.

Why should someone come see your show?

Bombay Black is a winner of four Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2006 and nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award (2007). It is re-imagined by 2017 Jessie Award and multiple Fringe Award recipient Rohit Chokhani, starring a star studded cast including Leo Award-winning Agam Darshi, and Jessie Award-nominated Nimet Kanji and Munish Sharma.

If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Our show has numerous references to gods and goddesses who to us are superheroes. Since it’s a play about dancing, we would like to think that our show would be lord Shiva – the lord of dance who can captivate anyone and everyone with his dance, just like the lovely Apsara.

If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe this year, besides your own, what show would that be?

Happy Place.

The Details

Venue: Vancity Culture Lab (1895 Venables St, Vancouver)
Twitter: @rchokhani 

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The 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 7-17 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit for tickets and information.