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Now, a 'real' drama

Stage actor Harish Khanna will live in a glass house for 360 hours that has been set up in NSD's premises, reports Parul Abrol.

art and culture Updated: Jan 03, 2008 21:57 IST
Parul Abrol

Reality entertainment has reached theatre. The first one on this landscape is theatre actor Harish Khanna, a 1993 graduate from Delhi’s National School of Drama.

For 360 hours, Khanna will live in a small glasshouse that has been set up in the school’s premises.

His stay will coincide with the NSD’s golden jubilee celebrations. Khanna was having a conversation with his colleague Abhilash Pillai, who came up with the idea. <b1>

Just another day
What will Khanna do in the glass house? Well, everything that people normally do at home. He says, “I’m not sure exactly what I’ll be doing inside but it’ll be a regular existence, with a TV, laptop, cellphone. And I’ll cook.”

Will the bathroom also be see through? “No, it’ll have frosted glasswalls, keeping Indian sensibilities in mind. I might smoke but I probably won’t drink.”

Why would anybody be interested in watching all this anyway? Khanna responds, “Exactly. Which is why it’s just a passers-by kind of arrangement. We’re not asking people to come and watch me. They should.. only if they want to.”

A worker putting up the set, says excitedly, “Pata nahin kya karne waale hain bhai sahab.” After the show, once Khanna emerges from the glasshouse, people will be invited to experience the concept themselves. From 2 am on January 19 to 12 pm on January 20, they can live in the glasshouse for two hours.