Theatre is not just about acting

1. What are the current projects you are working at?
I am a playwright and a director. Currently, I am working on a project with a German playwright, Lutz Hubener, and my fellow playwright Shrirang Godbole. The three of us are writing a play that will be dramatized in English, Marathi and German. This is a very new kind of an experiment. Besides, I will also be acting in Mohit Takalkar’s play, Une Pune Shahar Ek, which will be performed on March 16. It is a very different role from the kind of person I am and is an absolute breakaway from the mellow roles that I have played in the past.

Vibhavari Deshpande Director and playwright

2. How was it like directing the Kannada play, Gumma Banda Gumma? Are you planning to direct any Marathi plays in the future?
It was fantastic more so because I don’t know Kannada. Although, I had seen the Marathi version of the play when I was six years old, the fun part was that when you don’t know the language theatre gives you a new language. which is beyond words. After the release and success of Gumma Banda Gumma, I have directed several other Marathi movies. Clearly, I plan to keep on directing future projects.

3. If you could improve any aspect of the theatre industry, what would it be? What would be your advice to youngsters who are interested in theatre?
Marathi theatre is very verbose. I, on a personal level, would like to explore the physical aspect of theatre — how does an actor go about using his body to tell a story and build a character. I work with a lot of youngsters who want to be in theatre. But everybody wants to be an actor. They don’t have the patience to wait and be a part of the group. Theatre doesn’t always mean being on stage. There are different aspects of theatre such as sets, lights and especially, backstage. And one must go through the entire process. A lot of patience and resilience are a must. You have to believe in and love this medium by itself and not look at it as a stepping stone to television and cinema. 

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