When questions get bizarre

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EVENT With familiar characters from the corporate world, dark humour and smart writing, “The Interview” is more than just entertaining — it's a slice of reality. DIVYA KUMAR tells you more

Theatre fest A scene from ‘The Interview'
Theatre fest A scene from ‘The Interview'

The Interview

August 26

7.30 p.m., Ravindra Bharathi

We've all been through it at some point in our life — or had nightmares about it, at any rate. That job interview from hell where nothing goes right, and the questions seem to get more bizarre by the minute. The Interview , an award-winning comedy by Akvarious Productions, Mumbai, is precisely about one such interview, which the hapless young protagonist of the piece (played by Karan Pandit) attends at a top corporate firm.

The job is to die for, and Pandit, a bright young man, needs it badly. But his desire for the job is going to be tested severely over the next hour, as he's faced by increasingly bizarre situations that nothing he's learned at school or college ever prepared him for…

Filled with familiar characters from the corporate world — the eccentric boss; the sycophantic, insecure junior executive; and the luscious boss' secretary, who's all tight skirts and pencil heels — this fast-paced, action-packed play brims with the sort of dark humour that makes you laugh even as you squirm in recognition.

Backed by some smart writing (by Siddharth Kumar) that is extremely clued in to the cutthroat culture of corporate India today, The Interview is more than just a highly entertaining, laugh-a-minute comedy — it has a lot to say about the corporate world we interact with every day. The play swept the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards 2011, winning Best Play, Best Actor (Pandit), Best Stage Design and Best Supporting Actor (Kashin Shetty).

It is directed by Akarsh Khurana, who has headed Akvarious since 1997. In the last decade, the theatre company has staged over 30 productions, and has dedicated itself to promoting new talent in screenwriting and theatre.

The Interview , like many of its other productions, is young and contemporary, very here-and-now, and yes, very, very funny.




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