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Celebrating women: Vagina Monologues' 200th stage show

Mar 27, 2009 12:18 AM IST India India

Mumbai: A special event was held in Mumbai on Wednesday night to celebrate V Day - a campaign to end violence against women. That is also where the 200th show of the Vagina Monologues was performed.

Actor Imran Khan became the first male actor ever to perform a monologue from Eve Ensler's controversial play The Vagina Monologues. The 200th stage show of the play directed by Mahabanoo and Kaizaad Kotwal was held in Mumbai on Wednesday night in celebration of V Day.

"For me honestly the first motivation was not the play but the cause, I wanted to lend my voice to this cause. The second reason was that I like the play and feel it's very relevant and good play. For an actor it's a good chance," said Imran.

The evening also saw a poem rendition by actor and filmmaker Farhan Akhar.

"I'm very excited about being a part of this programme and I'm a bit nervous because its a recital of somebody else's work," said Farhan.

Co-director of Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire, Lovleen Tandon was the chief guest of the evening where Sandeep Soparkar and his dance troupe also performed.

"I feel the help that it will get with a man being a part of it is that there will be other men who will listen to men talk and that will probably help to reduce torture that goes through tio women," said Sandeep.

Three women including Hasina Hussain - victim of an acid attack in 1999, were felicitated as a part of the celebrations.

"It was very heart warming and I had a great time as everything that was said in the room was acceptable by everyone present there," said Farhan Akhtar's wife, Adhuna Akhtar.

"I'm absolutely glad that I came here, it's been an eye opener," said music composer Shankar Mahadevan.