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A real tribute to reel legends

A young Dev Anand serenaded Waheeda Rahman, Amjad Khan struck terror and Kishore Kumar had everyone ROFL. Students dressed up as legends of Indian cinema enacted famous scenes and danced to evergreen hits to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema at Reverence, the annual day concert of Delhi Public School (DPS), Ruby Park.

Songs and scenes from Padosan, Sholay, Manthan, Lagaan, Taare Zameen Par and several other films came alive on stage in A Tribute to Our Dream Merchants.

Dressed in the famous Didi tera dewar deewana blue sari, Shrishti Mukherjee had great fun playing Madhuri Dixit.

“I worked really hard for this one, I am essentially a singer. My teachers asked me to dress and smile like Madhuri. I had great fun. I loved Madhuri in the Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani song. She is a great dancer,” said the Class IX girl.

Dhruvik Shah, also Class IX, was a part of the Lagaan ensemble. “We practised for around a week to 10 days. Our teachers selected us and directed the scene. I was so engrossed with my performance that I didn’t care about anything else. The only thing that I didn’t like was the make-up. I had to put wrinkles on my face and then there was a strange moustache!” said Shah.

The famous Kitne aadmi they scene from Sholay also won loud applause while Ek chatur naar from Padosan had the audience in splits.

Around 1,200 students took part in the programme as actors, dancers, musicians, voice-over artistes and backstage crew.

The school choir and the orchestra also performed on the occasion.

“We have completed 11 glorious years and the journey has been enriching throughout. I also congratulate the students for their brilliant performances. Also, I would like to thank the parents for their unstinted support and unwavering faith in all our endeavours,” said principal Anusree Ghose.

Chief guest Soumitra Chattopadhyay was transported to his childhood. “I always feel a special affection for young boys and girls as they remind me of my boyhood. When we were younger we didn’t have as many opportunities as today’s generation…. Sometimes I feel I should have been born a little later so that I could take advantage of inventions such as computers,” the actor said. His message to Gen Y: “Make your country proud. Strive for something higher.”