‘Theatre needs state sup­port to sur­vive in any coun­try’

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Be­fore ac­tor Manoj

Ba­j­payee (above) ven­tured into films, he spent years in Delhi study­ing theatre at the Na­tional School of Drama. Though he has es­tab­lished him­self in Bol­ly­wood, theatre re­mains close to his heart. How­ever, he feels it can only grow, if it gets the right sup­port from the govern­ment. “If the state sup­ports theatre ac­tiv­i­ties and makes sure that the ac­tors as­so­ci­ated with it get re­quired sup­port, then theatre can be­come in­de­pen­dent. If theatre is per­form­ing well in any part of the world, it is be­cause the state sup­ports the art form. With­out that, theatre doesn’t thrive any­where,” says Manoj, who is known for his films such as Satya (1998) and Gangs of Wassey­pur (2012).

The ac­tor re­cently ar­gued that the govern­ment should open an act­ing school in his home­town Belwa, in or­der to utilise the act­ing talent present there. “I want the govern­ment to take the ini­tia­tive and re­ally think about open­ing a film in­sti­tute and theatre school in Bi­har. There is so much talent and most of them don’t have the resources to go to a film school.” The ac­tor is will­ing to help out in any way he can. “If I am of any help, I am ready to pro­vide it. But alone, I don’t have money and resources to start a [theatre] school,” adds Manoj.

PHOTO:AMAL KS/ HT

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