The quirky actor that you remember from Delhi Belly is making waves with her out-of-the-box plays in metro cities. Last year, Poorna Jagannathan gave us goosebumps with her powerful acting prowess in Nirbhaya - which was based on the December 16 incident, and this time around, she’s back with a one-man show based on sexual violence against boys — a topic which is rarely spoken about."Once we start allowing boys a voice on this topic, once we legally acknowledge that it is possible for men to be victims as well, only then might we start to see the true shifts in the mindset we need to solve sexual violence," she says.
Talking about the reach out, Jagannathan feels Bollywood's support is essential and the industry is always happy to help.
"Sexual violence affects everyone. And of course, having Bollywood involved in trying to bring awareness to sexual violence is critical. Many Bollywood friends came together to make this play happen like producer Guneet Monga from Phantom and Caleb Franklin from CAA. For Nirbhaya, Ranbir Kapoor was one of the first to help with the financing. So there are a lot of people from the industry who want to see change happen," she says.
It is important to speak about the unspoken and demand change, she believes. The plays are an attempt to question the authority and a hope to start a conversation on sexual abuse against boys.
The solo act will jolt you down but not give you the creeps. There's a mix of humour and darkness in it. “Our Mumbai shows were sold out and audiences were surprised across the board: they expected a very dark play but Martin uses humour to go into dark territory."
Poorna is busy touring with her play Nirbhaya, and is beginning two theater projects by March of next year.
CATCH IT LIVE
WHAT: One-Man show
WHERE: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
WHEN: November 15, 16
TIMINGS: 7pm onwards
NEAREST METRO STATION: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Violet Line
(Photo credit: Amyn Hooda)