‘JO LOG THEATRE DEKHNE AATE HAIN VO EDUCATED HOTE HAIN’
Says actor Himani Shivpuri, who was in Delhi for a play on a mythological character
It was a full house in Kamani Auditorium in Delhi when actor Himani Shivpuri performed in a play titled Draupadi, recently. However, not many know that she is not new to the place. Having graduated from National School of Drama (NSD), she has spent a good amount of time in the Capital.
She says, “I have spent three years in NSD and learnt a lot from there. We were near Mandi House, and used to rehearse in the campus. Poore din training chalti thi. We used to go to other campuses only during performances. So, I have visited other colleges, but NSD is my favorite.”
Shivpuri’s character in the play, Draupadi is a part of Indian mythology. How does it feel to touch a subject from history after the Padmaavat row? “Fortunately, jo log theatre dekhne aate hain vo educated hote hain. Though it’s a wrong term to use, but it is true. I don’t have any fear because I am doing no wrong,” says the actor who has been part of films such as Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) and Biwi No. 1 (1999).
“I have always been really passionate about theatre. This is not the only production I am doing. For the past four years, I have been going to Dehradun for workshops with youngsters and theatre enthusiasts. I also teach in Mumbai University, and direct plays. I have always been in touch with theatre. It’s my first love and I can never get over it. Theatre keeps me alive and rejuvenated,” she says.
She says is a big time foodie since her college days: “Aisa to nahi ho sakta ki aap Delhi mein rehte ho aur idhar udhar ghumo naa. My favourite food place, to this date, is Bengali market — vaha ke chole bhature aur chaat ki baat hi alag hai. We had no money during NSD days, so we used to eat in dhabas. Aur jab paise hote the toh Pandara Road. Otherwise, mess was our place. And yes, Shri Ram Centre ki bhi canteen hoti thi. They had lovely kebabs.”
Shivpuri loves Delhi for its shopping hubs as well. “Places like Sarojini [Nagar], Lajpat [Nagar], Janpath and emporiums at Barakhamba road are amazing,” she says, before adding, “I rarely shop in Bombay (Mumbai), and still get my stuff from here.”
Actor Himani Shivpuri loves shopping in Delhi
A moment captured in Himani’s play Draupadi