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The Guide takes to the stage

RK Narayan’s famous novel, The Guide, which was adapted into a film, will now be shown on stage

art and culture Updated: Apr 04, 2012 01:33 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times

Theatre enthusiasts in the city will soon get to see a theatrical version of the popular novel Guide, authored by RK Narayan. The book, which was also adapted into the renowned film Guide, starring actors Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman, will be played on the stage for the first time in the city.

“I was just fascinated with the movie and the characters in it. It was always a question in my mind that whether the movie was the story of Raju the guide, or Rosie the dancer. I have watched the movie so many times and then I read the book on which it was based. I met RK Narayan’s family to buy the rights of the book. That’s how it started,” says Ritu Saigal, producer of the play.

According to Sanjoy K Roy, the director of the play, the pressure of an iconic movie and a novel made the production quite challenging. “We were apprehensive about facing comparisons. I wasn’t familiar with the film, but had read the book. There were so many complexities of the book that had to be brought on stage, which made directing this play very challenging,” says Roy.

Since this play is an adaptation of the novel and not the movie, there are a lot of differences between the staged and the film version. “We tried to stick to the book because the family of the author wanted us to do so. Also, the scenario in a movie is different from the play, where we have to tell the entire story on one stage,” says Saigal.

As for the lead roles of Raju Guide and Rosey in the play, they are being essayed by theatre artists Dilip Shankar and Namita Gyanchandani respectively. “I am trying hard to bring all the complexities of the character out in a theatrical act. The challenging task was that we show the character over the period of seven years and then the present day, which makes it challenging,” says Shankar.

“While the film showed Rosey as a white and innocent character, she will be portrayed as a strong present day character in the play,” says Namita Gyanchandani.

Guide — A theatrical Extravaganza — is a two hour long play and is in English.

Catch it live

What: Guide — A Theatrical Extravaganza

When: April 13 to 21

Timing: 7.30pm onwards

Entry: Tickets will be available from April 9 at the venue and

Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg

Tel: 011-23388084

Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on the Blue Line

First Published: Apr 03, 2012 17:53 IST