Do you think there is a space for acknowledging criticism in the present day theatre? How accommodate the feedback from the audience?
Feedback is a way to improve in one’s ability, resources and thoughts which could be limited. So whatever feedback seems relevant I try to accommodate into my plays. My aim is not to fight some good rather include them and discuss on good. My aim is to create awareness so as far as inclusion is concerned it all goes into my mind and transcends somewhere into my plays. In acting we just speak of text, there is a continuous addition into the subtext.
Your vision and future goals for your theatre group, ‘Sukhmanch’?
For Sukhmanch there had been multiple visions. For there needs to be a lot to be done to establish theatre as a profession. Theatre does a lot to shake one’s vision and answer all the questions. Cinema too does that but there is not much discussion and audience just carry it with them.
Somewhere I find people should recognise acting in theatre for actors.
For Sukhmanch should take plays in society which are socio-political and responsibly conducted by wise actors as people tend to follow actors. So people become aware and evolve as individuals be it actors or audiences.
Since now you are a director yourself what have you learnt from the director/s that you have worked with?
Yes, it helped me a lot. As a human I am growing.
What has been your biggest achievement as an actor? Do you think you have matured as an actor? What are your strong points?
Actor has a major journey. Direction is different. I worked as both simultaneously. I wrote too simultaneously. So I have grown a lot. I have taken learning from everywhere putting it wherever I could.
What is the hardest part about being popular/celebrity? How do you think they handle this?
I just hope that this popularity culture ends. It is just that we are more visible though more than hundred people work at the same time on one play. As a human it should be taken as a profession and should be normalised so as to make things better. I don’t believe in being awe of someone. One should appreciate.
Who is your favourite actor from whom you draw inspiration?
There have been so many who I liked a lot for they had been really strong. Some women worked in Indian cinema at a time when acting wasn’t a way for women. So women fighting for their rights in theatre should get recognition. Then Balraj Sahni, Smita Patil who worked really good in cinema.
Choose one :
1) Director or Actor
It is very difficult for me to choose as both are really different. I like teaching. I have taught theatre, actor training, director training and writing. So I like to put myself as a teacher. Acting and direction comes along with it as one tends to revise a lot while teaching.
2) Theatre or Movies
I won’t choose a particular one but I feel that whatever medium I will get to communicate my ideas to people, I will do that. There has been various works which I did. So I won’t choose one but I will work wherever I find a way to reach the audience. Also I won’t leave theatre even while doing cinema.
Any message to your audience or theatre lovers.
Alone I can’t do anything rather any of us can’t do it all alone. So whatever one does should be for the betterment of society, individual and self.