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Sooni Taraporevala to direct Siddharth Roy Kapur’s upcoming production Ballet Boys

Siddharth Roy Kapur’s next brings back Sooni Taraporevala as director with a true-life story.

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A decade after making her directorial debut with the National Award-winning family drama Little Zizou, internationally acclaimed screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala is returning to direction with Ballet Boys. It recounts the inspiring true-life journey of two Mumbai boys, Amiruddin Shah and Manish Chauhan, who with the help of their Israeli-American mentor Yehuda Maor and the support of their families, fought the odds to get into London’s Royal Ballet School and the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur, the musical drama rolls in January.

Sooni had earlier directed a documentary on the same subject, Yeh Ballet, for Anand Gandhi’s culture lab. Quiz her on it and she says, “My son was working at Anand’s lab and they were asking people to direct some VR (Virtual Reality) films for them. I jumped at the opportunity. They gave me a list of subjects, this one fascinated me because I learnt ballet for many years too and believe this amazing story has to be told.”