Interview with The Siddhus: Rajit Kapur

If there’s one name every theatre enthusiast recognizes, it’s Rajit Kapur.  

The actor, who first became known for his portrayal of Byomkesh Bakshi, has consistently wowed us with his stellar performances. Whether he’s on the small screen, the big screen or the stage; we can always expect a magnificent performance from him. Now, Rajit Kapur is all set to take the stage in The Siddhus of Upper Juhu, and we couldn’t be more excited! We caught up with the actor for a chat about the play, theatre and much more:

Q: From television to cinema to theatre, you’ve made your mark on every medium. What is your favorite and least favorite thing about working in theatre, as opposed to the other mediums?
A: Theatre is definitely my first love. The joy of theatre is the process of gradually working towards the final performance. It is the rehearsal process that is challenging, stimulating, exhilarating and exhausting. But you have to believe in the philosophy of “building brick by brick” The immediate connection with an audience is another high that only a theatre actor can experience. The most amazing thing about theatre is that coordination/logistics can be painful, particularly in a city that is controlled and consumed by traffic.

Q: From what we’ve seen, Bubbles might just be one of the most eccentric characters you’ve ever played. What convinced you that this was the part for you?
A: I don’t know. The convincing job was the Director’s. I’m still trying to figure out how eccentric this character “Bubbles” is!

Q: Shernaz Patel, who is a co-founder of Rage Theatre, has also acted with you in Love Letters and The Glass Menagerie. How was it, sharing the stage with her once again?
A: Shernaz and I have been associated with each other for almost 30 years now. And she is a very close friend. We became business partners in Rage in 1992. This is our fifth play together. She is a performer par excellence and it’s always a pleasure to work with her. We have learned so much together over the years, and that in itself has been educating and humbling. One of the most important things on stage is trusting your co-actor. Over the years, we have built up a mutual trust that allows us to feed off each other smoothly. This comfort level adds to the ease with which we can perform together.

Q: What’s the one thing audiences should watch out for in The Siddhus of Upper Juhu?
A: We learn to laugh at the problems that continue to haunt us in this city.

Q: Aadyam has brought theatre to the forefront in India, and made it a part of mainstream consciousness. What inspired you to be a part of the initiative?
A: Never has any initiative looked at a long term vision through theatre. This endeavor will go a long way in encouraging youngsters to become part of theatre, and will also provide a platform to build audiences for the stage over time to come.

Can’t wait to watch Rajit Kapur in The Siddhus of Upper Juhu? Book your tickets, now!

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