Black Theatre Live


Bring on the Bollywood


Sohm Kapila – Katrina Pawaar

Sohm Kapila has just finished working on the hugely successful Bend It Like Beckham – The Musical in the West End and is excited to be making her debut with Phizzical in Bring on the Bollywood.

She has also appeared on well known TV dramas such as Doctors and Waking The Dead as well as in film, appearing in Honeycombe Lodge which won the Delhi International Film Festival in 2013.

Adam Samuel-Bal – Ranbir ‘Ronny’ Kapoor

Adam was trained at the Guildford School of Acting in Acting/Musical Theatre. He recently finished playing Sully in Tamasha Theatre Companies 25th anniversary tour production Blood.

He also performed in Damn Yankees at the Brockley Jack Theatre in London.

Sakuntala Ramanee – Lalita Pawaar

Sakuntala has a long history of theatre, TV and film acting credits. Along with her many Shakespearean roles, such as Romeo and Juliet’s Lady Montague at the Leicester Square Theatre in 2013, she has also performed in Eastedners, Coronation Street and Holby City.

Sakuntala currently has three film projects in post production, including Self Made and The Gatehouse.

Bhavin Bhatt – Luckshman ‘Lucky’ Pawaar

Bhavin Bhatt started his acting career at a young age. He performed in the production of Bugsy Malone, playing the character of Dandy Dan.

Bhavin has worked extensively with top European Bollywood company BollyFlex. He also performed in the successful national tour of The Kite Runner for the Nottingham Playhouse.


Rishi Nair – Amit

As an actor and model he has featured in many TV and film roles, most notably playing the lead role in a UK film called 'Crossed Paths' which was distributed to schools around the UK. He has also featured on many prominent BBC productions, such as Silent Witness and New Tricks in 2015.

Nikkita Chada – Rekha

Nikkita trained at The Urdang Academy in dance and musical theatre. Previous to this, she has trained as a classical Kathak dancer since she was a young girl.

Nikkita has performed at the Nobel Piece Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway. As well, she has many TV and theatre credits, including an appearance on Doctor Who.

Rasheeda Ali – Deepika

Rasheeda Ali trained at Arts Educational and has gone on to perform with the National Theatre of Wales, and in various theatre productions at the Arts Theatre London among others.

She has also performed as a dancer at the Nobel Peace Prize Award in Norway as well as in many Bollywood films.


Creative Team

Sâmir Bhamra, Director

Samir Bhamra is the founding member and Artistic Director of Phizzical Productions. He is also the Executive Producer of the Let’s Dance International Festival and the Creative Director of the London Asian Film Festival.

Sonia Sabri, Choreographer

Sonia Sabri is amongst the brightest and most inspirational of British born dancer-choreographers working today. Creating work that spans from the presentation of classical North Indian Kathak to explorations of contemporary approaches, her productions reflect her appreciation of Indian and British culture

Camilla Dallerup, Choreographer

Camilla Sacre-Dallerup has spent over 25 years as a successful competitive athlete in the world of ballroom dancing. This lead to her being asked to join the original cast of Strictly Come Dancing, which she won in 2008.

Subhash Viman, Choreographer

A classically trained Indian dancer, Subhash draws freely from hip-hop, urban and contemporary influences to become, in the words of Piali Ray OBE, ‘a true reflection of a multilingual dancer’. His signateur style has brought Subash international success through many US and European tours

Niraj Chag, Composer

Niraj Chag is a London-based composer and artist whose work spans a wide range from albums, to film scores, theatre and live events. Significant theatre commissions include Olivier Award winning Rafta Rafta (National Theatre, 2007), Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2013) and Dara (National Theatre, 2015).

Robby Khela, Lyrics

Robby is a graduate of Brunel University, where he received a BA in English & Drama Studies in 2005. He has since signed a major record deal with Telstar Records as a singer/songwriter while collaborating with Phizzical on The Maids and their production of What You Fancy

Byll, Water Sculptures

Byll have been providing water sculptures for stage shows since 1956, in a variety of national and international productions. They also contribute not only convincing weather effects, but full scale waterfalls to the scenery.

Pete Bragg, Lighting Designer

Pete trained at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute For The Performing Arts in Liverpool England. After working in lighting production for The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Court theatre and more such prestigious venues, Pete relocated to New York for further success on Broadway shows such as ‘F***ing Men’ directed by Phil Willmott.

Olly Shapley, Set Design

Twenty years after graduating from the Open University Arts Programme, Olly Shapley has worked on many national and international productions as a technical construction designer. Gaining a wealth of experience at the Welsh National Opera House, his has substantial interest in Indian dance, Korean storytelling and productions that cross the boundaries of tradition.

Faye Rowse, Set Design

Faye is a freelance Set Designer and Design Assistant. She graduated from Nottingham Trent University having studied Theatre Design in 2013. Faye has designed several productions at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham. She won an award for 'Best New Set Designer' in 2014 for her design for Serjeant Musgrave's Dance.

Almari, Costume Design

Trained at De Montfort University, Almari aims to create a fresh aesthetic in South Asian costume design.

Almari has previously designed Precious Bazaar, The Maids and Cymbeline for Phizzical.


Sonum Batra, Musical Director

Sonum studied music at King’s College London, specialising in piano and composition with tutors at the Royal Academy of Music. As a pianist and musical director, her vast array of credits include work on Bend it Like Beckham – The Musical in London and Mulan at the Frenchwoods Performing Arts, New York.

Madeline Oates, Assistant Director

Madeline is an actor/director with a long list of credits in theatre, film and television. She has a BA in Acting and Performance from Queen Margaret University. Among her credits in theatre and television feature roles in Madame Bovary and When The Laughter Stops respectively. She also co-directed Phizzical’s productions of The Maids and The Smile of Despair.

Phlik, Make-up

Led by Ben-Azeera Lela, Phlik specialises in stage and screen make-up to create contemporary styles inspired by the world of glitz and glamour. Previous work for Phizzical includes: Precious Bazaar, What You Fancy, Romeo and Laila and The Maids.