Darsheel Safary s a director’s actor. That’s what theatre director Abhishek Pattnaik, who has helmed the actor’s stage debut, has to say about him. The play, titled Can I Help You?, will be staged today (September 18). Here, the 19-year-old talks about his experience of working on the production, and why he didn’t taken up any films in the last few years.
Why did you get into theatre?
When they [the play’s team] approached me and narrated the story, I got attached to it. Theatre is always exciting, and a respected form of art. It sharpens your skills as an actor. That’s why I took this up.
Tell us about your character.
I play the role of a suicidal, aggressive fast bowler. The play revolves around him coming to terms with reality. For the part, I had to work on making this person come across as lovable. I’m proud to say I’ve become better at acting through theatre.
What kind of association have you had with theatre before?
I’ve done amateur theatre since 2013. It’s not completely new to me. I’m nervous. But I’m excited at the same time. It’s great performing in front of a live audience.
What kind of projects do you want to take up in the future?
I’m open to doing films. Not just any movies, but ones that interest me as an audience member. I love theatre, and will continue doing it even after doing films. I have been receiving film offers. But none have excited me so far.
Watch: Darsheel Safary in Taare Zameen Par
How was the experience of working with Dalip Tahil and Ananth Mahadevan?
These people are legends. It’s a privilege sharing the stage with them. I get to learn so much from them every day. They are brilliant actors and fun people. I look up to them. In the future, I would want to reach their level in the theatre scene.