I al­ways look for­ward to per­form­ing in Delhi: Ila

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - Lifestyle - Naina Arora naina.arora@hin­dus­tan­times.com

In­ever get tired when I’m work­ing,” says ac­tor Ila Arun. She has donned sev­eral hats: ac­tor, singer, and scriptwriter. But how does she man­age all that? She replies, “I like to do things where I can ex­press my­self. I only need four hours of sleep.”

Her pas­sion for the­atre isn’t hid­den and can be cred­ited for adapt­ing 10 plays till now. Ila says that she has given her life to the­atre. Her lat­est drama, Peechha Karti Par­chayyaiyan, is an adap­ta­tion of Ghosts by Hen­rik Ib­sen, her favourite play­wright.

The play is based in Cooch Be­har, a state in­hab­ited by Ra­jput fam­i­lies from Nepal and Ra­jasthan. It fo­cusses on how out­dated tra­di­tions and reper­cus­sions come back to haunt fu­ture gen­er­a­tions as ghosts of the past, pre­vent­ing them from break­ing the shack­les per­pet­u­ated by their an­ces­tors. The play deals with the is­sues of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and sup­pres­sion of women, whose voices are si­lenced by the tra­di­tional so­ci­eties they live in.

Hav­ing per­formed in Delhi at dif­fer­ent, pop­u­lar venues such as Ka­mani Au­di­to­rium and Shri Ram Cen­tre, Ila says that the city holds a spe­cial place in her heart, cour­tesy her fond mem­o­ries of the­atre from the Na­tional School of Drama. “I al­ways want to per­form in Delhi. The city has a won­der­ful au­di­ence. The peo­ple have knowl­edge of lit­er­a­ture and have been ex­posed to good the­atre. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing at In­dia Habi­tat Cen­tre for the first time now,” says Ila.

Play­ing Yashod­hara Baisa­heb in the play, Ila has also lent her voice to two songs. Speak­ing on the play, she says, “Many women would be able to iden­tify with it, es­pe­cially in Ra­jasthan. It says that we don’t just in­herit the prop­er­ties of fore­fa­thers, but we also in­herit their habits and think­ing, which then fol­low us like ghosts.”

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