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Theatre is entirely an actor’s medium: Bhargavi Chirmule

Bhargavi Chirmule says she enjoys being on stage because of the freedom and its experimental factor

art and culture Updated: Aug 09, 2018 15:59 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Bhargavi Chirmule’s play Amchya Hicha Prakaran completes 75 shows this week

Bhargavi Chirmule is excited that her ongoing play, Amchya Hicha Prakaran, is completing 75 shows this week. The actor has been a part of the show since its inception, and in the past three months they have managed to reach this milestone.

Chirmule wanted to feature in a play for a long time. However, she was looking for a story that would excite her and be relevant too. Amchya Hicha Prakaran, she says, is a play about relationships, social media and how things progress when the two are intertwined. “It is a very relevant play. There are few plays that bring nostalgia to the audience, and then there are plays that are relatable and relevant. This is the latter. It is about today’s generation. Having said that, it is not only about youngsters but also about the older generation who have given in to social media,” says Bhargavi.

She adds that the play is a right balance of love, companionship and the influx of social media in our lives. “It touches on some sensitive topics such as communication gap, the dependence on the Internet and how we have started to use social media as a medium of our expression,” she says.

Bhargavi and Nikhil Ratnaparkhi in a still from the play

Bhargavi shares that theatre is one such medium that offers actors a lot of freedom and creative liberty. Though the director sets the play, and the writer brings together the plot, the actor is given the responsibility to take it forward, without much interference. “Theatre is entirely an actor’s medium. However, an actor has to be alert and on the toes. Recently, our props couldn’t reach us in time because of an accident. So, instead of starting the play at 5pm we began at 6.30pm. The actors immediately knew what to leave out and present the best to the audience in the given time. We made a few alterations ensuring our audiences would not be disappointed. This is possible only on stage,” she said.

She adds that for an actor on stage, two shows are never the same. That is what she loves most about the medium. At the end of this month, the play will be staged in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia.

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 15:58 IST