The world remembers him as the first Prime Minister of India. For many, he is Chacha Nehru — the man who dressed elegantly in a white sherwani with a red rose. But there are few people who knew Nehru as a person.
Theatre person Pramila Le Hunte’s latest production, Nehru: His inner story, is a play that reveals the man behind the politician. “It’s only through reading books written by Nehru and not on him that gave me the real understanding of his feelings and his personal life,” says Le Hunte, the director and writer of the production.
The play, which will debut on Saturday at the Indian Habitat Centre, starts with a monologue. Played by actor Dilip Shankar, the protagonist in the play goes through various incidences in his life such as education in Cambridge, communal riots in the country and his relations with his wife and daughter. “The play goes through some interesting twists and turns and describes various incidents that impacted Nehru’s life. Also, keeping Nehru’s love for poetry and music in mind, the play allows one to experience both,” adds Le Hunte.
Produced by Arts and Old World Culture, the play will also mark Nehru’s 45th death anniversary. Talking about his character in the play, actor Shankar says, “It is interesting to learn that the character I play has so many dimensions to it rather than just being associated with historical facts. I believe it’s a challenge for me as an actor to play Nehru, especially the way he is perceived in this production.”
Watch them here
What: Nehru: His inner story, a theatrical production
Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre
When: May 28 and 29
Tickets: Rs350, Rs250 and Rs100
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market on the violet line