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Dubai: Konkani comedy play ‘Phalyan Poleyan’ entertains spectators


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Dubai, Oct 31: The rib-tickling humorous drama ‘Phalyan Poleyan’ by well-known ‘Comedy Prince’ Pradeep Barboza staged at St Mary’s Church in Dubai on October 27, was a super hit.

The drama presented by St Mary’s Mangaloren Community (SMMC) Dubai lived up to everyone’s expectation with over 2,000 people enjoying every bit of the three hour play.

The chief guest of the evening St Mary’s parish priest Fr Lenny Connolly reminisced his fond memories of Mangalore and appreciated efforts of Mangaloreans in the field of music and Drama. He also spoke about his intention to open a cultural ministry in St Mary’s church to encourage the talents.




























































































































SMMC spiritual director Fr Robert Lasrado highlighted the importance of cultural programmes to bring unity in the community.

Earlier, SMMC Coordinator Jerina Lewis rendered a warm welcome and along with Vice Coordinator Joseph Mathias, escorted the distinguished guests of the evening to the stage. A welcome prayer dance was delightfully presented by Arun Lobo’s Feet Beat Group students. SMMC Core member Josly Pinto rendered vote of thanks. Dubai’s eminent Emcee Dony Correa compeered the programme.

Jebel Ali Church Konkani Community spiritual director Fr Michael Cardoza, Dayan Dsouza – Daiji Dubai, Event Main Sponsors Joseph Mathias - Merit Freight Systems and Representative from Globelink West Star Shipping, Co -Sponsor Sydney Lewis – S J Lewis Engineering Consultants, well wishers James Mendonca – Reliable Fabricators and representative from Ivory Grand Hotel Apartments were other distinguished dignitaries present.

‘Phalyan Poleyan’ – the plot and actors

The drama revolved around two families living in the same neighbourhood looking for proposals for their sons. When a retired teacher arrives with his beautiful daughter in the same neighbourhood, both boys including their mothers vie to win over the girl without knowing the girl’s past life. Thus many hilarious situations follow. The drama ends with a strong message to the society about the true values of a family and importance of forgiveness.

All actors exhibited superlative acting skills. As comedian neighbouring couple characters, Alphons D’Souza and Helvin Barboza, Ramcy Fernandes and Lavina Fernandes were superb in their acting. As competing lover boys, Godwin Castelino and Royston D’Souza were great entertainers. As a comedian police Joel Pinto and in Kamthis role Nanu Marol evoked laughter. As an Aab (Grandfather) Paul D’Souza, snooty woman Joyline Pinto, as a young couple Vernon D’Souza and Venicia Rodrigues and as a helpless retired teacher Dainy D’Souza indeed added zest to the drama by their power-packed performances.

Pradeep Barboza matched his title as ‘Konkani Comedy Prince’ with his great acting talent, outstanding direction, excellent dialogue delivery and ever impressive natural acting skills.

Fantastic and timely synchronized back ground Music by Frankith Mascarenhas and support by Cyril Baptist was noteworthy.

Appropriate stage setting with first-rated sound system and brilliant lighting by Joel Crasta of Broadway Event Management enhanced the splendour of the event.

All performers and musicians were felicitated by SMMC.

Overall, the crowd enjoyed the drama immensely as the venue was fully packed and unremittingly busted with riots of laughter. Noteworthy performances, clean comedy and powerful message captured the hearts of audience. 


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  • Edmond G Noronha, Sharjah

    Wed, Nov 1 2017

    Full of entertainment and fun filled evening at St Mary's.
    Pradeep and all the team deserves the credit along with the audience.
    Wish many more with similar shows from Pradeep.

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  • Jossie Mascarenhas, Bajpe / Dubai

    Tue, Oct 31 2017

    Excellent report which covers each and every moment and person involved in this wonderful act. We have to applaud Fr. Lasrado for all his sincere efforts in organizing such events time to time. It is these selfless gestures from him that keep the Dubai Konkani Community together. Thanks Fr., with you around we seldom miss Fr. Cyprian who was a great supporter of Konkani.

    True to his title Pradeep has scipted a total laughter package which entertained all of us. I have seen almost all of his dramas, each one being better than the rest. Indeed he is highly talented.

    It is not necessary to name anyone because everyone has been excellent in acting. However, Alphonse truly stands out for his outstanding hold on acting and in dialogue delivery. I have to consider him as one of the finest actors Konkani has seen because of his ability to blend into the character whichever he depicts on-stage, naturally.

    One word about Donny's compereing. Wow, what a incredible fluency in Konkani langauge. It is indeed music to ears when he speaks. Hats off.

    Amazing crowd despite a bit of humid air which failed to dampen the spirit of gathering. However, I feel the waiting time (from 6.30pm) could've been better utilized if some budding singers were given chance to sing a few karaoke konkani songs.

    Well finally, I wish the sound was a bit more louder for few of the actors. But it's chalta hai - mafi mushkil.

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  • Lucy Aranha, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Oct 31 2017

    Photographs says all about the drama "Phalyan Poleyan". Pradeep's dramas are always too good and bring laughter. I know couple of the artists personally and they are all too good in their acting. Congratulations Pradeep and team for making the crowd laugh. Now a days laughter is required all over.

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