World Theatre Day: These five OTT and film actors reminisce the time when they began their journey as stage artistes

From Ahana Kumra to Himani Shivpuri, these actors recall unforgettable moments from their theatre days

author_img Team Indulge Published :  26th March 2022 03:28 PM   |   Published :   |  26th March 2022 03:28 PM

Aahana Kumra

This World Theatre Day, Zee Theatre is celebrating the occasion by paying a tribute to all theatre artistes with the theme - Tales of Theatre.  As a part of this, five artistes who are popular TV and film actors, share their experiences being on stage.
Aahana Kumra
Aahana Kumra, the OTT, stage and big screen star says, "For me theatre is the reason why I became an actor.  My first ever sold-out show, 'By George' for Motley was directed by none other than Naseeruddin Shah. It was my debut on stage as a professional actor and right after this performance, I just went and hugged him, and wept with joy. That was the beginning of a story that I continue to be a part of till date."

Himani Shivpuri 
Veteran actor Himani Shivpuri, looks back at her journey with wonder and says, "Well, my story began while doing my MSc in Organic Chemistry when I got to know about the National School of Drama and left my academic career to join it. I went on to join the NSD Repertory Company where I did beautiful plays like 'Mitro Marajani', 'Othello', 'Surya Ki Antim Kiran Se Surya Ki Pehli Kiran Tak' and 'Aazar Ka Khwab'. My most memorable role was in 'Mitro  Marajani' which was based on Krishna Sobti's Sahitya award-winning novel. Mitro is a very bold character and it was a great challenge to play it. In fact, Krishna Sobti ji embraced me after watching the play and said, "You have brought my Mitro to life. This is how I imagined her to be." I treasure her words   and wish more stories like this were written today."  
Dilnaz Irani
Dilnaz Irani, who continues to be an active theatre artiste says, "My journey started with my first commercial play, 'I'm Not Bajirao'.  Since then, every time I do a play, or perform 'The Vagina Monologues' for the 2000th time, I feel it is part of the same story that began all those years ago.  Theatre is a bug, and once you are bitten by it, there is no going back. There is no antidote.  I wouldn't give it up for anything in the world. The stage is where I can be myself and live someone else's life, at the same time."
Rajeev Siddhartha 
Prolific performer, Rajeev Siddhartha recalls, "My  theatre story began was when I was just eight years old and we did a play  called 'The Stone Soup.'   I had to come to the stage, take my jacket off and say my lines. It was, I suppose, the beginning of a lifelong journey and exploration. Since then I have been fortunate enough to do many plays as a professional actor and I dare say, I am getting to a point where far from being a bundle of nerves before going on stage, I now feel at home whenever I make my entrance."

Karan Veer Mehra
Theatre and television actor Karan Veer Mehra grows nostalgic as he recounts his first brush with theatre and says, "I remember watching a play with my mother as a child and that was my initiation into the magic of art and creativity. I think the need to tell stories is intrinsic to human nature and they have evolved from hunting narratives to where we are now. That is why theatre will never die because as long as we want to tell stories, we will need theatre to be our conduit."