By Aleem Shaikh
Highlights of Day 4 of COLORS Khidkiyaan Theatre Festival organized by Mukesh Chhabra Casting Company being held at Sathye College, Vile Parle (East) from 1st to 5th March, 2017~
“India has many wonderful stories ranging from Champak, to Nandan, to Lotpot, to Raj comics, Manoj Comics, Chanakya, Ramayana, Mahabharata. It’s upon us to celebrate these stories and the two mediums-digital medium and theatre, which pave the path to tell these stories” said TVF Founder Anurabh Kumar who moderated a Panel discussion at COLORS Khidkiyaan Theatre Festival
“Its a misconception about me that I have a theatre background. People in Mumbai assume that if you speak fluent Hindi, you’re from theatre. So yeah, I’m getting credit for something that I haven’t done. I did theatre only in my college, Jawaharlal Nehru University. We used to do Political dramas where we were freedom fighters. I’ve also done theatre workshops but nothing ground breaking in theatre” – Swara Bhaskar
“This festival according to me is a big deal. This is how you encourage actors, how you train them. It’s extremely crucial that we must host and attend as many theatre festivals as we can” Shabana Azmi
- A beautiful play based on a boy who fumbles while talking, ‘Bobby Breaker’ by director Geeta Aggarwal Sharma was performed to a packed house.
- A panel discussion moderated by TVF(The Viral Fever) Founder and CEO, Mr. Arunabh Kumar was held on the topic of difference between performance in theatre, digital platform and films. The panel was attended by Dangal fame, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Nidhi Bish t(TVF), Sumeet Vyas, Vasan Bala, Vicky Kaushal and Gopal Dutt.
- Veteran actress Shabana Azmi made a surprise visit to Colors Khidkiyaan to watch the play and host of celebrities including Swara Kaushal, Dino Morea, Anubhav Sinha, Shashank Khaitan, Mouni Roy, Kirti Kharbanda, Rhea Chakroborty attended day 4.
- Poetry recitation by Manu Rishi Chadha
(on the festival):
“I feel that a major transformation that has taken place in Hindi Movies is because many of the actors that are cast, come from theatre. This has brought about a difference. Because before only the stock characters were selected. Concentration used to be on the main actors. Now, there is a change in the atmosphere because of casting directors like Mukesh. This festival according to me is a big deal. This is how you encourage actors, how you train them. It’s extremely crucial that we must host and attend as many theatre festivals as we can.”
(on Om Puri)
“Another thing special about this festival is that it’s conducted in honour of Om Puri. As we know Om Puri was one of the most well know and we’ll appreciated actors in the industry and he also has always been in touch with theatre. The first time I saw him was in a play. I’d like to congratulate Mukesh on the success of this event.”
(On the festival)
“It’s a wonderful initiative. Congratulations to Mukesh for putting this together. I think it’s necessary that talent in any form is appreciated. This platform does just that for theatre. It’s important because in our film industry most of the concentration is on the glitz and glamour and the talent part gets sidelined. So It’s crucial to have platforms like these. And Mukesh is doing a good job with this.”
(on the importance of theatre)
“Theatre or any contact with the arts is a wonderful thing. It’s expansive. It leads to self growth. Good art will keep people healthy.”
(on her connection with theatre)-
“Its a misconception about me that I have a theatre background. People in Mumbai assume that if you speak fluent Hindi, you’re from theatre. So yeah, I’m getting credit for something that I haven’t done. I did theatre only in my college, Jawaharlal Nehru University. We used to do Political dramas where we were freedom fighters. I’ve also done theatre workshops but nothing ground breaking in theatre.
“Im here for the first time but it’s a fantastic idea. Giving Theatre the grandeur that it deserves is not easy when it’s not appreciated. I’m glad Mukesh has taken this step. It’s great!”
(on the festival)
“It’s really important not just to enhance an actor’s performance but it’s important otherwise. Even in life in general. It teaches you more lessons that anything else can teach you.”
(on khidkiyaan as a platform for theatre)-
“It’s a brilliant platform. All these
Artists coming together. Everyone’s learning. Everyone’s showing their talent. It’s a great initiative.”
(Creative Director, TVF – panel discussion)
“It’s a really nice initiative because arts in general has a lot of scope for self growth. So if there’s a platform being provided to learn and grow under Mukesh’s guidance it’s great. Because I’ve never been a part of the theatre and I’ve always wanted to but never had the guts to perform in front of so many people. So for someone whose scared and intimidated, to be exposed to a platform like this it would really help. It’ll give them confidence.”
“I think it’s a great initiative. Gatherings like these are very rare. People coming from the same background and discussing their issues and everyone finding a solution together. Everyone’s learning together. It’s a great platform. Even for us because we are exposed to others’ struggle and their experiences and their talents. It’s grown massively in a year. More power to Khidkiyaan.”
“It’s very important for an actor to know his instincts. when you perform in front of an audience and you make mistake, you know why you made it and you correct it immediately. I myself have done theatre for 3/4 years. It teaches you many lessons. Like they say theatre is an actors medium and films are a directors medium. So yeah I’m all for theatre encouragement.”
(on the festival)
“I think it’s a great festival. It provides a great platform for all sorts of artists to come in and show off their talent so I think more of these platforms need to be given to the public. All creative minds come together. It’s a brilliant initiative.”
“Theatre is an art that I love . Its important that people have an interest in not just movies but also theatre. It’s fantastic. I don’t want it to die. I’d like to be a part of theatre. More festivals like these will enhance the art.”
Highlights of the panel discussion moderated by TVF Founder and CEO, Arunabh Kumar:
umeet – On theatre
I like growing old with the play. I’ve also grown as a person. A lot of life has happened. And we do the same plays, we say the same line with the same actors but it means something else. It meant something else last year and I think it will mean something different in the few years.
It teaches you how to work together. In theatre, you are not just an actor or a director but you’ll have to do the lightings, setup the set and place the banners, So it keeps you grounded.
Where as in digital, there’s so much in content. I enjoy writing.
Ever medium has its own pros and cons. We have 1000 years of history with theatre. We have drama from the past 2000 years. Theatre has beat all the forms of art and everyone has done every work with so much of complexity. Theatre has seen it all and it that sense, it has advanced itself in every aspect. If you read the literature, even today, theatre is 500 years ahead of cinema.
The Founder of TVF and the moderator of the Panel discussion said, “One thing which is awesome about digital medium and theatre is that it’s democratic. With festival like Khidkiyaan, we have created this platform to find more original stories.
“India has many wonderful stories ranging from Champak, to Nandan, to Lotpot, to Raj comics, Manoj Comics, Chanakya, Ramayana, Mahabharata. It’s upon us to celebrate these stories and the two mediums-digital medium and theatre, which pave the path to tell these stories.”
“ I have been rejected by Ekjot and I have no background in theatre but as an audience I can say that it touches you directly. You can watch cinema whenever you want to through DVDs or on internet but if you miss a play, you just miss it.