Five years after the tumultuous Kumar-Shankar wedding of 'Cardamom', we revisit the families and see how they have grown. This time coming together for the 30th wedding anniversary of Anil and Shreya Kumar, patience and civility are put to the test as the families butt heads again. The play focuses on relationships, and the toll time plays on each of us. While hilarious, Falling Short is an ode to love, young and old, and deals with the changing landscape of morality, evidenced by the vastly different generations in a family.
Hasnain Shaikh: An actor from the age of 5, is a 24-year-old writer with 3 already highly successful and acclaimed shows under his belt. His first play ‘Perspectives’ was written at the age of 17, which garnered high praise, and earned him the title of ‘Bangalore’s youngest playwright’. His second show ‘Cardamom’ was a smash success. The Hindu even placed ‘Cardamom’ on its list of the best plays of 2016. His 3rd original script ‘Between Bestsellers’ was performed for 4 shows at Jagriti theatre and was received tremendously well. He has launched his own theatre troupe, which serves as a new wing of the Bangalore School of Speech and Drama, Natak Nation. His most recent production ‘Running in Place’ was well received by audiences in Jagriti and Rangashankara in early 2018. Running in Place went on to win 6 awards at the 13th International Theatre Festival, Bareilly.
Zulfia Shaikh: The founder and Director of the esteemed Bangalore School of Speech and Drama, she has the honour of being a double graduate with distinction in Effective Communication and Drama. She has also been endowed with the honour of receiving an exhibition award in communication from Trinity Guildhall, London. She also holds the world record for scoring the highest in the LTCL (Licentiate planning and teaching diploma) by Trinity Guildhall, London.
Srinivas Naidu: Srinivas is an active Theatre Enthusiast and has been performing as an Actor, Writer and Director for more than a Decade now. A trainee from National School of Drama, he holds a Diploma for Playback and Proscenium Theatre. He has performed and received accolades nationally at theatre festivals and competitions conducted by IPTA as well as private entities.
Pritisha Punukollu: Pritisha Punukollu is a business analyst who enjoys doing theatre. She directed her first professional production, “Ila”, which received a huge response. She has also acted in a professional setting for plays like “Levithan” and “Cardamom”. Missing out on any one of Pritisha's plays would be like missing out on a glimpse into her soul. Now, why would you want to do that?
Prachi Taneja: Prachi is a user experience designer from Bangalore. She loves mystery novels, movies, long drives in the rain and cooking. Most evenings are spent petting her pet Beagle, Chutki and enjoying a warm cup of chai while listening to her vinyl record collection.
Sangita Nambiar: Sangita is an ex-copywriter (though she continues to make occasional forays into advertising) and published author of - From Within The Brink a book of poems. She is currently enjoying exploring the world of theatre.
Navoneil Bhattacharyya: Navoneil Bhattacharyya has performed in various devised, scripted and playback theatre productions in Bangalore and the UK. He's also a poet and author of short and long fiction. He is a mechanical engineer from NIT Bhopal and holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, UK.
Mithesh Mahadevan: A trained actor, graduated from Whistling Woods International, Mumbai - he continued to teach Film appreciation and characterization for students there over 2 years. He believes that the characters he plays help him explore life in ways he hasn't witnessed - and this journey that began a few years ago continues to grow.