Director Pushan Kriplani explores Girish Karnad's Hayavadana for the third time in ten years, along with co-director Arghya Lahiri. Catch a weekend show of the classic all this month
Answering the first, most basic, question Why Hayavadana? director Pushan Kriplani, one half of the director-duo heading The Industrial Theatre Company and Black Boxers' new production, looks straight in the eye and says, "Ask a real question."
Abhishek Saha, Dilnaz Irani and Neil Bhoopalam in a scene from the play. Pic courtesy/Ameet Mallapur
Director duo: Pushan Kriplani and Arghya Lahiri. Pic/ Nimesh Dave
What about coming to a consensus between yourselves?
PK: Basically, he just beats me over the head with a large stick! No, we haven't had any fights...
AL: (interrupts) We have fights all the time. But they are restricted to the ideas or the direction we want to go towards. We've grown in a way in which our strengths and weaknesses compliment each other. He's able to leap up and run with an idea and I am seeking something grounded at all times. When it works, it's good tension.
PK: When it comes to the text we're actually without ego. It's possible for us. We've directed some plays together and I have a great deal of respect for Arghya's work.
AL: You're always going to have a point in time during rehearsal when one person is walking around with his jaw very tightly clenched. But it's buried either at the end of the day or in two day's time and you move forward.
PK: You hold grudges for two days!?
AL: It's very close to being an excellent working relationship, it helps that we're very close friends outside the theatre, but it's not the easiest thing in the world. It requires a certain amount of discipline.
PK: It's sexual!!! That's what it is... I shout at him, then he does whatever he wants and then I throw shoes at him.
On December 16-18, 23-25,
30-31, 7 pm AT KR Cama
Auditorium, Kala Ghoda.
passes Rs 250
call 9820745916 or log onto facebook.com/Hayavadana to know more
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