Actor Aarya Babbar has written and directed his first play, a comic caper, and couldn’t be happier. The play, Gorky + Tinku ke karnamey… Crazypanti Ka Thriller, is a tribute to the Salman-Aamir Khan starrer cult film Andaz Apna Apna. And Babbar is acting in his own play too.
“It’s the same genre as i. I’ve always wanted to recreate that kind of comedy on stage. I wanted to try at least. So this play is my tribute to my favourite film,” says Babbar, who has been doing theatre with the Ekjute group since he was 10 years old. He wrote the play at a time when he was left stranded at an airport because his flight was delayed.
“I love writing, it’s a stress buster for me. The play is a wacky masala comedy, which has everything from haunted houses, to spirits, ghosts and item songs. There’s even an witch, who I incorporated after I encountered this white airhostess, who was super mean to me!” Babbar jokes.
The play is about two dumb detectives who run an agency called Wannabe Detective Agency. Gorky is in love with the girl who’s going to be attacked by a 300-year-old witch. Gorky, Tinku and their ‘chamcha’ Champu Singh, who’s only free on the weekends, are on the mission to save the girl. What follows is their chaotic journey through an out and out musical comedy.
Ask him if he will direct a film next and the actor replies, “Right now I am doing a lot of films as an actor, so I don’t want to get into direction immediately. But I’ll always take time out for theatre. If this play does well, I’ll do a sequel — Karnama 2. I’ve already been getting calls from Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata to take the play there,” he says.
Gorky + Tinku Ke Karnamey… Crazypanti Ka Thriller opens on November 10, 9 pm, onwards at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu. Call 022 26149546.