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Drama is dead, long live theatre

Hindustan Times | By
Jul 22, 2018 12:01 AM IST

Five feisty women talk about the challenges the medium is facing, and how to deal with them

As the Khans compete for audiences with Netflix and Hotstar, how tough is it for the humble theatre to fill up its seats?
Turns out, drama in India has another competitor as well: stand up comics, who are getting funnier and more aggressive in courting attention.

Marathi, Hindi and English theatre actors (from left) Rasika Agashe, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Faezeh Jalali, Yuki Ellias and Puja Sarup. On Rasika: Sari, Yewala boutique, Nashik. On Geetanjali: Dress and shoes, Forever 21. On Faezeh: Dress, 109°F; shoes from Clarks. On Yuki: Sarong from Manipur; jacket: Zara; tank top from Hill Road, Bandra; shoes from H&M. On Puja: Top, Zara; pants, Cottons; jacket, Elliza Donatein; shoes, Charles and Keith. Make-up: Stacy Gomes; hair: Avan Sethna(Prabhat Shetty)
Marathi, Hindi and English theatre actors (from left) Rasika Agashe, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Faezeh Jalali, Yuki Ellias and Puja Sarup. On Rasika: Sari, Yewala boutique, Nashik. On Geetanjali: Dress and shoes, Forever 21. On Faezeh: Dress, 109°F; shoes from Clarks. On Yuki: Sarong from Manipur; jacket: Zara; tank top from Hill Road, Bandra; shoes from H&M. On Puja: Top, Zara; pants, Cottons; jacket, Elliza Donatein; shoes, Charles and Keith. Make-up: Stacy Gomes; hair: Avan Sethna(Prabhat Shetty)
Faezeh is one of the most popular names in theatre today and the actor, director, producer and an aerialist is known for her socially relevant, experimental plays. Dress, Globus (Prabhat Shetty)
Faezeh is one of the most popular names in theatre today and the actor, director, producer and an aerialist is known for her socially relevant, experimental plays. Dress, Globus (Prabhat Shetty)
Geetanjali is one of the veterans in the industry is also part of QUEST’s initiative that works towards spreading literacy through theatre among children in rural Maharashtra. Dress and shoes, Forever 21 (Prabhat Shetty)
Geetanjali is one of the veterans in the industry is also part of QUEST’s initiative that works towards spreading literacy through theatre among children in rural Maharashtra. Dress and shoes, Forever 21 (Prabhat Shetty)
Yuki won the META awards last year in the Best Actor (female) category for her play Elephant in the Room. Leather jacket, Rocky S; pants Brass Tacks; tube top, Forever 21 (Prabhat Shetty)
Yuki won the META awards last year in the Best Actor (female) category for her play Elephant in the Room. Leather jacket, Rocky S; pants Brass Tacks; tube top, Forever 21 (Prabhat Shetty)
Rasika takes a stand on the contemporary socio-political issues through her protest plays. Dress, Vintage Earth (Prabhat Shetty)
Rasika takes a stand on the contemporary socio-political issues through her protest plays. Dress, Vintage Earth (Prabhat Shetty)
Puja’s group, Patchwork Ensemble, made their debut with Ila, a play that questions gender stereotypes. Top, Zara; pants, Cottons; shoes, Charles and Keith (Prabhat Shetty)
Puja’s group, Patchwork Ensemble, made their debut with Ila, a play that questions gender stereotypes. Top, Zara; pants, Cottons; shoes, Charles and Keith (Prabhat Shetty)
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    Ananya Ghosh is an assistant editor with Hindustan Times Brunch. She has 10 years of experience as a journalist having worked as a copy editor/feature writer in various publications.

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