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Ira Dubey

The actress on her new show, Foodistan

Ira Dubey
Ira Dubey

How is Foodistan different from the other culinary shows?

This show is not a Masterchef-like format. Foodistan has professional chefs from India and Pakistan competing.

Any jitters before you hit the sets?

I was a little nervous since I have never worked with a teleprompter. But once I got used to it, it was fantastic, because my co-host Aly Khan and I had the crucial role of playing the neutral party in the whole face-off.

What drew you to the show?

One thing people may not know about me because of the way I look is that I am a big foodie, and I crave desi khana. Plus, the Indo-Pak angle made the project exciting.

Your favourite moment on the sets?

There were many, like the chefs singing while cooking! Then, there was a chef who told us such fascinating tidbits about his hometown in Pakistan.

You’re also currently travelling with the classic Mohan Rakesh play, Adhe Adhure.

Yes, in fact it’s my first Hindi play. Binny, the character I play, is one of my favourite roles.

The play is directed by your mother (Lillete Dubey). What’s it like working with her?

We have worked on four productions together and it has been a learning experience.

Are there enough opportunities for young talent in theatre today?

Theatre can never be your bread and butter. But there are opportunities, like a festival I organised that featured 10-min, original plays.

So what suits you most: TV, theatre, films?

Theatre is where my heart is, but I am excited about films too. I am still a novice in the industry though.

What are the kind of films that excite you?

I like dramas, comedies and stories about relationships.

Films you’re working on at the moment?

Two: one is an indie film where I play the lead role, the other is more commercial.

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