(L-R) Ann (Virat Husain) watches as Detective Falstaff (Aamir Raza Husain) unearths Mitsyâs (Kamini Khanna) secrets.
The WelcomTheatreInitiative by ITC Hotels brought Aamir Raza Husainâs Once Upon a Murder to ITC Sonar on January 14. The whodunnit, reminiscent of Agatha Christieâs Murder on the Orient Express, is a blend of humour and suspense, scripted by Husain himself. Set in the English countryside of the â70s, we have, amongst others, a man betraying the trust of his employers until one of them catches on, an Italian housekeeper who conceals her secrets under a facade of histrionics and a detective whoâs tired of telling everyone that itâs simply his business to know things. Multiple deaths later, the audience is left quarelling over exactly who the murderer is.
âWelcomTheatre continues to provide guests with a complete experience through entertainment. This yearâs production was an enthralling whodunnit which captivated the audience,â said Atul Bhalla, general manager, ITC Sonar.
The play was preceded by cocktails and followed by a lavish dinner buffet. All in all, an evening without a momentâs boredom.
While âone-mouth wondersâ were circulated with the cocktails, the dinner spread included live counters from the different ITC Sonar restaurants...
A dessert studio dedicated to cold and hot desserts, Indian sweets and a live counter for crepes. Raspberry Creme Brulee, Cinnamon Apple Crumble, Oreo Baked Cheesecake and Chocolate Steam Pudding were some of the highlights.
Text: Ramona Sen
Pictures: Chanchal Ghosh