“Theatre is the only democratic medium we have”
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.