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Babban Khan in his much-acclaimed `Adrak-ke-Panje'.

THE FAMED rib-tickler is out to produce more of his ilk. Remember the funny Hyderabadi one-liners of `Adrak-ke-Panje' that caused riotous laughter in auditoriums across the globe. And after calling curtains for the much-acclaimed show, staged for a record 10,180 times in 60 countries, Babban Khan has now come up with an Acting Academy in the City.

It's an endeavour towards sharing the vast experience and expertise that the fun man had gathered over last 37 years. "I don't want my talent to disappear with me. I wish to groom young artistes and help them in honing skills with my experience on the stage,'' he says.

The Guinness man doesn't want overcrowded classrooms and is enrolling only eight students every year. "This way I can pay attention to each student and mould their talent,'' he says. No commercial overtones in the venture, and the celebrated artiste says he would be keen to train free if any young enthusiast shows promise. The academy has on offer courses in acting, theatre, television, media arts, counselling and event designing.

Babban Khan, who grew up in penury and scripted `Adrak-ke-Panje' under a streetlight, presently is also busy giving final touches to a sequel to the hugely popular serial. Then there is a new play `Gumbad-ke-Kabutar', which is almost ready to hit the stage. Poking fun at corruption in the day-to-day life, `Gumbad-ke-Kabutar' is scheduled to make a debut around June. He refuses to reveal details about the play except adding with a wink, "just wait for the show. You will enjoy it.''

After winding up `Adrak-ke-Panje' last year, the man, who used to criss-cross the world presenting about 300 shows every year, has been on a sabbatical during the last one year. `After such a rigorous schedule for nearly four decades, I am feeling lost without getting onto the stage,'' he admits.

Yeah, the wait seems to be over. Curtains are slowly lifting for Babban Khan. And, he is all set to storm the entertainment world again -- training young talent and returning to stage for yet another round of boisterous laughter.

By T. Lalith Singh

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