Theatre Speaks

Vaibhav Kapatia
[English/Hindi Theatre ]

Which is the last best play you saw?

DHUMRAPAAN by Adhir Bhat.

Your favourite 'adda' to see a play

Castiko space.

Your favourite playwright

Mohan Rakesh.

Your favourite play-character


A play you would like to see filmed. Why?

THE INTERVIEW. It has scope for a film screenplay.

A novel/short story you would like to see on stage? Why?

KABULIWALA (Rabindra Nath Tagore).

The most hilarious play you have seen

PIYA BEHRUPIYA by The Company Theatre.

A play, which is over-hyped


An important play (but ignored)


A play character you would like to "dialogue" with

Mark Antony (JULIUS CAESAR).

A passage from an important play that you can recite

To bait fish withal. If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me and hindered me half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies - and whats his reason? I am a... (Shylock from THE MERCHANT OF Venice).

A classical play that you should have read

AS YOU LIKE IT (William Shakespeare)

A play that changed your perception about the theatre

GAJAB KAHANI (by Aasakta Kalamanch

How do you regard the Mumbai theatre scene?

It is really changing with new, alternative performance spaces. People are daring to experiment and there is a lot of variety because the financial risk level is reduced.

Have you read any interesting books/articles concerning the theatre? Why did you find them interesting?

Recently, I read an article in Mid-day (I guess), about how Mumbai is riding the wave of experimental art spaces. This article was interesting because it captured the variety and ideas that are possible and are being explored by art lovers (both performers and audience). It talks about the audience who is keen to accept fresh content and is open to experiments.

If you have ever been a part of a theatre production/s, can you recall an event that was insightful, significant or simply humorous?

Recently in a rehearsal the director was instructing an actor on his scene while I was on a break. This other actor was super foodie and if any food was around, it would catch his attention. Since I was on a break, I opened a packet of biscuits and the crackle of the wrapper snapped his attention. All the time while the director was instructing him, he had his unwavering attention on the biscuits. I could see him gulping his saliva. When he went back to perform, he did exactly the opposite of what he was asked to do.

Your favourite director/actor/music or set designer

Akarsh Khurana (Theatre director)
Pankaj Kapoor (actor)

A significant Indian production that you may have witnessed

I had watched ZANGOORA four years ago and it left an imprint on me of how vivid a stage production can be.

Life in the theatre without the humble batata-wada or the cutting chaiā€¦ or can you recall the best gastronomic experience you've had in the precincts of the theatre to date?

There would be no theatre existing without chai. Period.
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