Laugh at evil

“It is challenging to don the cap of a director and then also get into the skin of a character while acting in the same play,” Paritosh Painter tells us when we talk to him a few days before his play is to be staged. The multi–talented actor, director and writer will be seen essaying the role of Aditya in a comedy play titled See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil, Do no evil.

The play revolves around a murder witnessed by blind, deaf and dumb people

“It took me two-and-a-half months to write the script. I wanted something that would match the quality of my last two plays -- Get rid of my Wife and Marriages in Heaven -- both of which were a hit,” says
the playwright.

The plot is set in a resort in Goa run by a blind girl. Two deaf and dumb visitors check in to the hotel and a murder takes place, which is witnessed by all three. But the cops mistake them to be the killers and to save themselves the trio tries to crack the mystery on their own, leading to a comedy of errors.

Most of the cast comprises television stars. Considering the 12-hour work schedules of these actors, wasn’t it tough to get them to rehearse for the play? “Of course it was tough,” laughs Painter. “We rehearsed from 10 pm to 1 am after the actors finished with their soaps and shoots. But they are thorough professionals which made my job easier,” he says.

Delnaz Irani, for instance, is playing the role of Tanya Singhania, the caring step-sister of the blind girl played by Barkha Bisht-Sengupta. “My role has various shades and for the first time I will break away from my own genre of comedy,” she says. She adds that she has learnt a lot from theatre. “The response from the audience is spontaneous which makes you grow as an actor,” she concludes.

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