Even with a career spanning over five decades, actor Govardhan Asrani says that he gets nervous when he has to go in front of live audience. “Cinema mein audience juta phekengi ya tali bjayegi, pata nahi lagta. But theatre is a platform, where you perform live without any retakes, and the response is also instant. In cinema, you can see an actor but he can’t see you. On stage, there’s a one-to-one and an eye-to-eye connection. You are being judged on your acting skills.”
Asrani believes that stage performances sharpens your acting skills. “Theatre contributes in the growth of an actor and lets one know the real worth of acting,” he says.
How does the 76-year-old manage to stage plays despite a busy schedule? “After a certain period of time, you feel stagnant and then theatre comes to your rescue. I feel rejuvenated every time I perform on stage. Audience ki taliyon se I feel better, energetic and young again,” says the actor.
The actor, who is known for his iconic role in the movie Sholay, feels that the Delhi audience is more receptive to theatre than that of Mumbai. “Mumbai is more film based and cosmopolitan. It consists of a mixed community, but I personally feel that Delhi is more sophisticated and enjoys theatre more.”
Talking about the play, The MakhiChoos, which is a modern adaptation of the classic comedy — The Miser by Moliere, Asrani says, “The play was written about a hundred years ago, but it still holds value. It is about an old man who wants to marry his son’s girlfriend. Here comes a twist in the story. The play reflects some serious societal issues with a twist of humour. ”
The play’s cast has other showbiz actors, too, including Delhi-boy TV actor Pranav Sachdeva. Sachdeva, who is seen in Agar Tum Saath Ho, a television series is excited to be performing with the actor. He says, “To work with a legendary actor, such as Asrani sir, is definitely a learning experience. I feel obliged.”
- WHAT: The MakhiChoos, a play
- WHERE: LTG Auditorium, Mandi House, Copernicus Marg, Delhi
- WHEN: 5 March
- TIMINGS: 5.30 to 7.30 pm
- NEAREST METRO STATION: Mandi House on Blue Line