Two decades after Bharat Dabholkar’s English version of Marathi play Purush, Tanve Azmi is returning to theatre with Ramesh Talwar’s Kabuliwala Laut Aaya.
A renowned character actor, Tanve admits she was unsure about returning to stage, even though she finds it fascinating. She says, “Theatre is a different ball game compared to films. You need to be more aware and in the present. When Ramesh approached me, I was apprehensive, but couldn’t resist.”
The actor, who is also Shabana Azmi’s, has been practising round the clock to overcome her anxiety. “Rehearsals break the ice between unknown colleagues so that their interaction and ability to respond to each other improves.” And having recently wrapped up her portions in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, where she is paired opposite Amitabh Bachchan, Tanve adds, “I look forward to workshops for films too.”
For this two-part Hindi play; the script has been beautifully juxtaposed with Rabindranath Tagore’s poignant short story, Kabuliwala. Tanve says, “My role comes in years later, when the Kabuliwala returns, but finds himself in today’s contemporary world. It’s a very sensitive and emotional story.” The play also features Aasif Sheikh, Baby Gungun, Nivedita Baunthiyal, Prashant Padale and Raman Kumar. “We have already been booked for the next three months but after tonight, the next will be only in June,” informs Tanve.