Comedian Rakesh Bedi is all set to allure the Delhi audience with the 98th performance of his famous play, Massage. Bedi, a veteran in films and TV serial, plays 24 different characters in this solo act play directed by Harbans Singh. Bedi says he is bringing the play to the Capital after a gap of three years. “It’s the story of an aspiring actor and his struggle in the city of dreams called Mumbai,” says Bedi. “The title ‘massage’ refers to the massage of his emotions.”
Originally written in Marathi by playwright Vijay Tendulkar, the play was translated in Hindi by Dr Vasudha Sahastrabuddhe. But Bedi has added a lot of colours and flavour to the character from his own experiences in the film industry. “A solo performance is very different from the one which has many actors playing on stage. It has its own pros and cons in terms of performance and direction,” says Bedi.
The actor is excited for his performance in the Capital for many reasons. He was born and brought up here and has lots of childhood memories attached to his Dilli. “I remember the stadium theatre opposite Purana Quila where I went to watch a movie when I was in class 7th. That was the first time I bunked my school and was very scared,” shares Bedi. “I also love going to Chandni Chowk to eat the famous chaat papri and gol gappas,” he adds.
Bedi considers theatre experience to be a big kick for an actor. “For me theatre is a living experience. Whatever it is, bouquets or bashes, you get it there and then.”
When: 18th and 19th April
Venue: Sri Ram Centre at
Timing: 7.30 pm.
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