We are all prostitutes selling different parts of ourselves, says Sushmita Mukherjee in her play
Overwhelmed by thunderous applause in the auditorium, theatre artist, TV and Bollywood actor Sushmita Mukherjee looked satisfied as the 'feminine energy' she channelled on stage could be experienced by everyone in the audience.
Famous for her TV serial Karamchand and many films including ‘Golmaal’ that the younger generation is familiar with, Mukherjee was in Chandigarh to stage her solo play 'Naari Bai' in Theatre for Theatre (TFT)'s Winter National Theatre Festival at Bal Bhawan, Sector 23.
The play has been written and directed by Mukherjee “I am in the driver’s seat (director) and passenger’s (actor) seat too,” she says.
Not once throughout the one hour ten minute play was a sound heard other than Mukherjee’s. When asked what the play was about, she said, "It is feminine energy." Her character, Sunaina, a high class woman, faces an existential crisis, until she interviews a prostitute Srimati Naari Bai Devi, and realises who she is at the end of the play. Through Naari Bai’s unapologetic persona, Sunaina discovers her real self.
Sunaina realises that everyone is a prostitute as they sell different parts of themselves to the world. So instead of writing a book about Naari Bai, she writes a book titled ‘Me the prostitute: an apology to Naari Bai’.
Mukherjee adores American actor Meryl Streep. When asked what roles she would wish to play, she said, "All the roles Meryl Streep played." She equally loves new age Indian cinema and how women-centric films are coming to the fore.
She believes that even if one is not able to get the roles they wish to do, they can always choose another medium. "You create the work, you can have a say,"
A novel written by her 'Of Mothers and Daughters' will be published this year by Speaking Tiger Publications Pvt Ltd.