I always look forward to performing in Delhi: Ila
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 It focusses on how outdated traditions and repercussions come back to haunt future generations as ghosts of the past, preventing them from breaking the shackles perpetuated by their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.”