‘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

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - TIME OUT - Ruchika Garg

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.”

PHOTO: PRODIP GUHA/HT

Ac­tor Hi­mani Shivpuri loves shop­ping in Delhi

A mo­ment cap­tured in Hi­mani’s play Drau­padi

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