TORONTO: After the successful run of her first one-woman show, Yasmin Virani, returns to the stage with her second play, Umrao Yasmin, A New Beginning – a tale of faith, love and artistry, inspired by the legendary Bollywood film, Umrao Jaan.
In her new play, the actress opens up about her life – changing trip to India and will be celebrating the launch of her new company, Tpark Entertainment, by serving appetizers and dinner before the show and dessert afterwards. The name is based on a predominantly South Asian neighbourhood in Toronto called Thorncliffe Park.
“If it wasn’t for Thorncliffe, I don’t think I would have been as ambitious as I was in my teens. I was able to fly because I knew I had a place to come back home to where people were like me – not this, but not entirely that either. My vision for Tpark is to create a platform where Hollywood and Bollywood meet – to tell great stories that are not only universal, but that reflect us. Children who are born and raised here, but have roots elsewhere and to do so with expertise and excellence,” says Virani.
Umrao Yasmin, A New Beginning, plays during South Asian month at Dancemakers Studio, in Toronto, on May 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 and includes appetizers, dinner and dessert. For more information, please visit: www.yasminvirani.com.