He has brought plays like Krishan VS Kanhaiya to Chennai and now actor and theatre artist Paresh Rawal gives us Dear Father. With five actors, the play is an emotional thriller. “When one of the main characters dies, no one knows if it is a murder, suicide or an accident. Besides all this, it has elements of comedy as well,” says Rawal. Playing a double role in the play, he adds, ‘‘the play requires two roles and there is a reason behind it. Doing a double role in movies is easy but to do justice to it on stage is difficult.”
The play premiered in Mumbai and has already done around 296 shows in different parts of the country. “The audience in Chennai has always been intelligent and hungry for entertainment so I expect them to come to the play and to think beyond theusual and learn something new,” he says. At a time when theatre directors are experimenting with several themes and genres, Rawal is happy with what he is doing. “I do not want to do a musical, I cannot sing. But even otherwise, I want to do plays that have drama and an Indian connection. Dear Father is a very personal play and it reflects a lot of things that I went through and what I have seen around me,” he shares, revealing that he is also working on one untitled film project.
At Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Concert Hall, tomorrow, from 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced from Rs 500 onwards. Details: bookmyshow.com
– Mrinalini Sundar