Theatre Speaks

Radha Bhardwaj

Which is the last play you liked and why?
BABUJI DHEERE CHALNA, can’t wait for you to find out why!

Your favourite adda to see a play…
Prithvi- where else?!

Your favourite playwright…
Girish Karnad, Vijay Tendulkar, Mohan Rakesh

Your favourite play-character…
Kanupriya from HUM PAANCH

A play you would like to see filmed. Why?
DETECTIVE 9211- it’ll be blast to see it even more detailed!

A novel/short story you would like to see on stage? Why?
All Ruskin Bond stories as monologues like Our Tress Still Grow In Dehra and Roads to Mussoorie. A legendary writer who writes about my town plus he’s my neighbour in Mussoorie❤️

The most hilarious play you have seen…
Seen it, performed it- JEENE BHI DO YAARO

A play, which is over-hyped…

An important play (but ignored):

A play character you would like to “dialogue” with…
It would be beautiful to talk to Romeo❤️

A passage from an important play that you can recite…
A MONOLOGUE by Draupadi.

A classical play that you should have read…
ANDHA YUG, read it a few years ago, should’ve read it way before.

A play that changed your perception about the theatre….
CHITRAGANDHA by Rabindranath Tagore, a story turned into a play by my first guru, NSD alumni, Mr. Shirish Dobhal. We opened it at Gaiety Theatre and President’s House, Shimla. I played a woman who used to fight wars but asks for a vardaan to turn feminine to win over Arjun.

How do you regard the Mumbai/Indian theatre scene?
We are there but i think it was much better a decade ago.

Have you read any interesting books/articles concerning the theatre? Why did you find them interesting?
I read Respect For Acting. It was a refreshing experience to learn about the same craft from another legendary actor from a different part of the world.

Can you recall an event that was insightful, significant or simply humorous during your theatre journey?
I once recall performing a play at Nasik where there was a new replacement for a character. That character almost fell on stage and the entire cast spent the rest of the scene trying not to laugh. Thank God for a comedy line after a few mins where everyone let out their laugh as if they were too much in the scene.

Can you think of a foreign production that you found remarkable? Why?
I haven’t experienced a foreign production on stage yet.

Your favourite director/actor/music or set designer…
Om sir, Gagan Dev Riar, Harshal Singh.

A significant Indian production that you may have witnessed…..
DETECTIVE 9211, One Flea Spare, Stories In A Song.

Life in the theatre without the humble batata-wada or the cutting chai… or can you recall the best gastronomic experience you’ve had in the precincts of the theatre to date?
I was not allowed to have chai all my life. When i joined Yatri, I refused to have chai on the first day. Om sir saw that and told me- “give it time” and cut to, now I’m a chai addict.
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