Playwright, theatre actor-director and a prominent presence in Hindi films and regional cinema, Makarand Deshpande, couldn’t stop raving about his love for theatre on a recent visit to Kolkata. He thinks the city is still all about the passion for the arts, which he finds surprisingly pleasing. “Even if the city is choking, like most metros in India, it has a distinct flavour of its own. It still shows a lot of reverence for art forms and the artistes. But mostly, the problem lies in the fact that people want to expand and grow things too. In Mumbai, we see people joining roads with skyrail and then they dig it back up again. People don’t really know what they want,” Makarand said, while philosophising on the urban and fast life.
He is also much in touch with Kolkata because of his work and promises to bring his two plays, Pitaji Please and Epic Garbar, to the city soon. Ask him about acting and he is all excited about what can be the most well-defined roles of his career in both the art forms — theatre and films. “I don’t think I can look the part, but onscreen, I would like to play one of India’s mystics. I feel I can portray that energy and divine madness very well. On stage, I am tired of playing warriors. Instead, I want to write a dialogue between Lord Rama and myself. So, I am looking forward to playing that part now,” he told us.
Source: Times of India