“The­atre is the only demo­cratic medium we have”

India Today - - SIMPLY GUJARATI BUZZ - ■ By DC

Manasi Parekh Go­hil, 27, is a fa­mil­iar face on tele­vi­sion to­day. But there is another life that she leads—that of a Gu­jarati the­atre ac­tor, pro­ducer and di­rec­tor. Her play Maru Piyo Gayu Ran­goon, was per­formed not only in In­dia but also at the Globe The­atre, Lon­don. Af­ter her long list of Gu­jarati plays, she will now be seen in English play Club De­sire that pre­mieres in Novem­ber. We en­gaged Go­hil in a con­ver­sa­tion dur­ing her re­cent visit to Ahmed­abad. Q. Why do you think Gu­jarati plays do bet­ter in Mum­bai than in Gu­jarat? Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey, on any given day in Mum­bai there is atleast one Gu­jarati play be­ing per­formed. On the other hand, in Gu­jarat, the pace of pro­duc­tion is rel­a­tively slow. Also, apart from ma­jor cities like Bar­oda and Ahmed­abad, many cities don’t even have proper in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port the­atre. I think there is an un­tapped au­di­ence in Gu­jarat which has to be cap­tured. Q. Do you think this genre of en­ter­tain­ment will sur­vive in fu­ture? The­atre as a medium has a tremen­dous fu­ture, es­pe­cially in In­dia as there is a huge wave of writ­ers, di­rec­tors and ac- tors who be­lieve in the power of the­atre. It’s the only demo­cratic medium we have as the au­di­ence has the lib­erty to choose what they want to in­ter­pret from a play.

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