Basically an ACTOR.
EXPERIENCE, WRITER and DIRECTOR..
Out of COMPULSION, a PRODUCER!
1) How and when did you step into the field of Acting and Theatre?
It started in my school and college days.
I started Professional Theatre in the year 1966-67.
2) What difficulties did you face when you were new in this field?
I never faced any difficulties since I was under the
umbrella of Indian National Theatre (INT).
But, when I started my own Production House, I had some problems which were eventually overcomed.
3) When was your first time when you were offered a role for Television?
‘Aavo Mari Saathe’ with Adi Marzban on
Doordarshan’s second channel started, I was a part of the inauguration of the channel.
4) Do you like Theatre or Television or Movies? Why?
I like Theatre since facing a live audience enhances
your character unlike serials where you shoot and have no live interaction with the audience.
5) How was your experience acting in the famous Gujarati serial
‘Pappa Ni Paarlaament’ and how many awards did you achieve for it?
It was fun doing ‘Pappa Ni Paarlaament’. Job satisfaction
was there but no finance satisfaction. I used to shoot 16-18 scenes per day.
I received the ‘Best Actor’ award besides the serial got many
other awards like:
6) How many other awards
have you received till date?
there are no awards as such. The Greatest achievement is when the audience pays and comes to watch our plays. I will complete
42 years in Theatre on 1st may ’09, which is my biggest achievement.
7) Do you think that Gujarati Theatre is more successful than English Theatre in India?
Yes, Gujarati Theatre has got a lot of potential and
audience. Nowadays, English plays have been replaced by Hinglish plays, which combine Hindi and English. Previously there
were Queen’s English plays with characters like Harry, etc.
8) Which was your longest running play?
‘Maaro Line Toh Tabiyat Fine’ which completed 500 shows.
This play was also done in Marathi known as ‘Marli
Line Tar Tabiyat Hoil Fine’.
you think that Theatre is still disorganised in India?
It is a very broad term and depends mostly on the producer. Producer A may be organized, but Producer
B might not be organized.
10) What is your dream?
At the age of 70, I don’t have any dream as my
every dream has already materialised. But, I want to die with my boots on in the last days of my life.