‘A new play is al­most like child­birth’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - FRONT PAGE - An­jali Shetty an­jali.shetty @htlive.com

Trust ac­tor-di­rec­tor Lil­lete Dubey to al­ways take the path less trav­elled. An adventurous soul, Lil­lete en­joys chal­leng­ing and ex­cit­ing work. Cur­rently tour­ing with her new play, Salaam Noni Appa, the ac­tor com­pares her part in the play with her role in the film, Mon­soon Wed­ding (2001). “It is a sim­ple role and the soul of Noni Appa is very sim­i­lar to what I played in Mon­soon Wed­ding. In a way, she is an ev­ery­day per­son, who is en­dear­ing and re­lat­able. She is very close to my age and noth­ing dra­matic hap­pens to the char­ac­ter. It is a nice change for me,” says Lil­lete. Adapted from the book,The Legend of Lak­shmi Prasad by Twinkle Khanna, the play has been writ­ten by Ad­hir Bhatt, di­rected and pro­duced by Lil­lete’s the­atre com­pany. Was it easy to adapt a best seller? “It is dif­fi­cult to adapt a book into a play for many rea­sons. A new play al­ways has me con­cerned, it is like child­birth where you are anx­ious whether the new­born is healthy and nor­mal. The en­tire process is like go­ing through labour. But I have al­ways liked to take the thorny path. I am not some­one who likes it easy.” As an artiste, Lil­lete be­lieves in fol­low­ing her gut and heart. “You have to trust your in­stincts and then it is your job to com­mu­ni­cate this feel­ing to your au­di­ence. I get bored work­ing on the same sub­jects. I look for­ward to work­ing on some­thing that will have a cer­tain stamp of my in­di­vid­u­al­ity. This is why, I pro­duce my work too. It is not easy don­ning so many hats in one play. It gets hor­ri­ble and ex­haust­ing.” On the se­lec­tion of the story, she adds that the essence of the story, the world it is set in and the sin­cere writ­ing of Twinkle ap­pealed to her. “You can­not get every line of the book in the play yet you must get the lay­ers, the hu­mour and an emo­tional core. Get­ting a male writer on board was also a good de­ci­sion as it gets in the male gaze. Also, Ad­hir has a good sense of emo­tion and a knack for com­edy,” says Lil­lete.

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