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Bring it on Bollywood show to take centre stage at Queen's Theatre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 03 June 2017

Picture: Nicola Young

Picture: Nicola Young

Nicola Young

A tornado of colour will be taking over a stage, inviting theatre-goers to be swept away with a Bollywood-styled romantic comedy.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, is proud to welcome musical extravaganza Bring on the Bollywood, a touring cast and crew from event management company Phizzical next week.

Actress Avita Jay, 31, who grew up in Ilford, stars in the original production filled to the brim with catchy tunes and elaborate traditional dance numbers.

“I think Bring on the Bollywood has got everything you could possibly want”, she said.

“There are brilliant songs and some emotional moments but I think it’s just good fun.”

Bring on the Bollywood tells the story of fiery Dr. Katrina Pawar who flies over to India for her younger brother’s wedding and her parents see this as a perfect opportunity to find their daughter a suitor.

Also arriving are the good-looking Bollywood film director Amit, along with his British personal assistant Ronny which leads to a twist in the tale.

Avita is keeping quiet about what her character Kanga but has revealed that she plays an important part.

She said: “I don’t want to say too much to spoil it all but Ronny has a painful past and she is part of that painful past.”

Avita grew up with a love of Bollywood, sitting in front of the television as a child in ore of the performers.

But growing up in a traditional Indian family, acting was not seen as a “sustainable” career so instead opted in to do a biology degree.

She said: “I was good at science at school so thought I’d do that but when I was finished the degree, I realised it wasn’t what I wanted.

“So I took a job at the Theatre Royal Stratford East and when I saw people up on the stage, I knew I would be able to make a career out of it.”

She will be accompanied by young rising stars including Anthony Sahota, who appeared on Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine (BBC) earlier this year and Robby Khela who has supported Craig David and Girls Aloud on tour.

Bring on the Bollywood will be performed from June 13-17.

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