While relations between India and China might not be at their best, courtesy NSG and Pakistan, cultural ties seem to be reaching some good spot though. The two nations have signed a MoU for coming up with a theatrical adaptation of 1956’s cult Awaara starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis.
Being one of the seven Indian movies to have been released in China between 1955 to 1961, the film holds a special place in the hearts of Chinese audiences with the Chinese still humming ‘Awaara hoon’.
The film that brought India on the cultural map of various other countries, made them cry and made them smile including Communist nations as Soviet Union and China. So, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the apex government body on culture, and the China Shanghai International Arts Festival (CSIAF) signed a MoU that emphasizes the need for cultural exchanges in tier-II and tier-III cities of the two nations.
The governments of the two countries agreed in Shanghai on Wednesday to make a theatrical adaptation of Awaara and stage it in China by the end of next year. Actors from both the bordering nations will be cast in the adaptation. ICCR will assign an Indian company the task of phrasing the script of the play in contemporary era, CSIAF will handle the deign and music.
“It may be noted as part of the MoU, both sides will also attempt a joint theatrical reproduction of the popular Indian movie ‘Awaara’ which would be set in contemporary times and re-enacted as a theatrical version for viewing by contemporary audiences worldwide,” said a statement from the Indian consulate in Shanghai.
The play will be presented both in India and China.