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Showman Sinha - at his 'regaling' best.

"I am here for your eyes only."Film Star turned Politician; Shatrughan Sinha was in the city for the performance of the play "Pati, Patni Aur Main”". The play, directed by Ramesh Talwar, marks the forthright actor's first entry into theatre after his foray into the Hindi Film Industry. The actor, known for his booming voice, regaled audiences at the Press Conference held at Crosswords on the eve of the play.

Hera are snippets of what he had to share with us.

The last play, Sinha said he performed was in the role of a villain in 'Yatri' as a student in the FTII and claimed he got the most amount of applause after the heroine. He also went on to add, in typical filmi style, that Pune was next only to Patna as the city he holds closest to his heart. This was the reason he insisted that the play's second showing be held in the city where most actors received their rudimentary acting lessons.Talking nineteen to a dozen Talking about his stage debut, Sinha, confessed that he ought to have entered the field of professional theatre earlier but his political career had kept him busy. It was at the behest of his wife and Mr. Ramesh Talwar that he decided to take the plunge. Queried on his move from Film to Theatre, he shot back that it was high time he moved from the "theatre of the absurd to theatre of performance."

Not having ruled out acting in films, Sinha revealed that he still continued to receive film offers, but there was a limit to how many more times he was expected to repeat the phrase "Thaakur Yeh Shaadi Barbaadi Hai, Ise Rok Do". It was to break away from this stereotyped image that he opted for a comic role in the play.

Sinha emphasized the effort that goes into making a stage perfomance. Stage performance, he reiterated, was an entirely different ball game with no coffee breaks, telephone gupchups and retakes.

Putting on an act.Overwhelmed by the Press and Public response to the play's premiere in Mumbai, Sinha couldn't resist mentioning that Chief Minister, Vilas Rao Deshmukh, his friend and college mate, made it for the play, as did Mani Shankar Iyer, who flew down specially for the show.

Strangely, for all his forthrightness, Sinha refused to reveal the precise year he passed out of the FTII; though he did divulge that it was sometime in the late '60s to the early '70s.

Here's wishing Sinha a successful career in theatre.

By Rahul Surkund
Photo Courtesy - Clea PR


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