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Chatline Vivek Madan waxes eloquent on his life, his career, his opinions and the shape of his dreams to PREETI ZACHARIAH

Theatre is about shedding your skin, donning a thousand masks, escaping into an illusionary world that must be perceived as real by the audience who watch a play unravel on stage. It is a multi-faceted, brilliant, beautiful world but it is not an easy one. Vivek Madan, who has tread the boards for over a decade now, concurs, “You know I’m tired of people saying that I am lucky because I am doing what I love. Theatre is a lot of hard work — it isn’t peaches and cream. No one can afford to be a diva, you need to set your expectations right.”

Yet that didn’t stop him from quitting college at 19 and plunging whole-heartedly into theatre, despite of his parents’ disapproval — “I had a big fight at home when I did that,” he says. “It was supposed to have been a year-long sabbatical but I never went back to college.”

He began with a series of musicals adaptations. “This was before copyright laws became so strict,” he says. “I worked with a huge bunch of fun people — actors, dancers, singers.” He went on to direct his first play at the tender age of 20 and even won an award for it. “You know, I got kicked out of the dramatics team at school and college. I always wanted to go back and show the cultural secretary that award,” he grins.

He then decided to tread a more conventional path and took up a job at Trump It — an events and marketing company.

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