Why theatre after all these years?
This was the only way I could rejuvenate and strengthen the professional in me.
A pleasant experiment?
It is the Kurukshetra of rangmanch—there are no retakes, no director, and no make-up man. Isn't it exciting?
Didn't you find stage limiting?
No. In fact, I find stage special because it caters to a select group of people who matter.
But why not films then?
I think I've been saying Hilna mat thakur varna goli mar doonga for a long time now.
Are you open to offers?
Yes, provided the role suits me.
How difficult was the play, specially the 40-minute monologue?
Very tough. It was not an election speech.
But wasn't that easy for a person famous for his special style?
I am known among my contemporaries for effortlessly rattling off a 10-page monologue. But here we are talking of a 200-page script. That's surely tough.
Anything special about the theme?
There was enough scope for my style—the one-liners that made me famous.
Is it a political gimmick?
Certainly not. At least I am not a minister who's seen more often on the stage.
You plan to do it more often?
I cannot ignore my socio-political work. Theatre is too time-consuming. It takes tonnes of time.