Coming back to theatre after eight years?
I have only done two professional plays in the past and I have always wanted to do theatre. This time, the subject of gender inequality and exploring a new medium attracted me.
On your theatre group Chhoti Productions?
My husband (Subodh Maskara) and I wanted an outlet to explore ideas in film and theatre.
Tell us about Between the Lines, your new play that is travelling across the country.
The play explores the relationship between a lawyer couple on opposing sides of a murder case. The idea came from a 1960s film, which was adapted by writer Purushottam Agarwal.
It’s your theatre directorial debut. Nervous?
Excited and nervous!
Tougher to direct: cinema or theatre?
Theatre is a whole different language, no less challenging than cinema.
On directing your husband’s acting debut....
He is comfortable and creative narrating stories, mimicking people. He has a natural flair for acting, but it’s his passion for theatre that gave me the confidence.
About the lead roles the both of you essay?
Shekhar is a high-profile criminal lawyer, while Maya balances work and life by drafting contracts for a law firm. It’s interesting to see how, as they fight the case in the court, their own inequalities begin to surface.
Were your real-life experiences incorporated into the script?
Yes, absolutely. Art mirroring life can be scary and cathartic.
What were the biggest challenges?
Being the director, I have to focus on Subodh’s acting as well as my own, and be the third eye too. It’s my first project after motherhood: juggling responsibilities has been a challenge.
Are we going to see you back in films?
I recently finished a Tamil and a Hindi film. Direction requires more time, so perhaps next year I will start exploring some ideas.