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PHEROZE L. VINCENT
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THEATRE N. K. Sharma is invisible but ever present. He tells PHEROZE L. VINCENT about his sabbatical and plans to stage a comeback

The last time this reporter saw Act One perform was at a tribute to painter M.F. Husain in 2011. Along with dramatist M.K. Raina, they put up a small skit and dance performance with umbrellas at Vithalbhai Patel House, less than a month after the artist died in London.

Indeed, Act One was and remains a sought after troupe — especially for those aspiring to star on the silver screen. Cult figures like Manoj Bajpayee, Piyush Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal and Ashish Vidyarthi have been associated with the group and its director N. K. Sharma. For strugglers in show business, the common refrain at eateries on Safdar Hashmi Marg and Tansen Marg is “ Acting seekhna hai tho milo N. K. Sharma ji se (If you want to learn acting, meet N. K. Sharma).”

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