Dec 11, 2010 (CalcuttaTube): ‘Aandhare Ekela’, the Bengali play directed by Biplab Bandopadhyay, will be staged at the LTG Auditorium, National School of Drama on 10 January, 2011 at 5:30 pm.
The play has Gautam De, Debjani Chatterjee, Arijit Chowdhury in lead roles while the director restricts himself to the role of a narrator. ‘Aandhare Ekela’ is an adaptation of Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman ‘s ‘Death And the Maiden’ into Bengali by Debasish Sengupta.
“Arijit, Debjani have a lot of acting experience, but they were not that much accustomed to stage. They act on big and small screens and have interest in theatre. They liked ‘Andhare Ekela’ and we started working together.
“I like to maintain quality work and that is a reason that I have not formed any group. Our play is produced by the Niva Arts. The producer does all the advertisements and covers the recurring expenditures. We are happy with our quality of work. The only problem is that we are kind of secluded and does not draw of lot public attention and we do not always get a full house,” shares the director, who has previously performed at the National School of Drama as an actor in the plays ‘Poka’, ‘Tista Parer Brittanto’, ‘Mephisto’, ‘Andha Juger Manush’.
Debjani Chatterjee who plays the ‘maiden’ in the play, says it feels great to go to NSD. “This is my first time to the NSD and I feel so excited.” Regarding her acting in the play that has brought her critical acclaim, the actress says. “It was a team work. Everyone did great. Arijit and Gautam da gave me the right support. That is why everything turned out to be so perfect. If they were not right in their parts, I could not have it alone.”
Arijit Chowdhury who plays the role of Prof. Jayanta Sarkar in the play, says “I am so grateful to director Biplab Bandopadhyay for offering me the role. I am glad that he trusted in my abilities as an actor. This is my first play and it feels so rewarding to be able to perform at the NSD. We are all so excited.”
Gautam De, who portrays the negative role of Dr. Samanta in the play says, “I am as happy as the others. I am doing theatre for a very long time. And this is the very first time that I am in a play that has been selected at the NSD.
“All I would like to add here is that theatre is very much of a human effort. It all depends on momentary actions of an actor. Even after rehearsing and practicing for innumerable times, I feel that some days are better than the others. There is also a nerve factor. Right after the final bell, I still feel a bit scared and get conscious about the play.
“Some days my performances come out to be exactly what I want, and some I days I do not reach that level of contentment. This is of course my very personal realization. Anyway, I hope we all perform our very best at NSD.”
We wish all the best to the ‘Aandhare Ekela‘ team.