Theatre

Engaging with characters

Kitu Gidwani Photo: K. Gopinath   | Photo Credit: K_GOPINATHAN

From being the coy Airhostess to being the svelte model hunter in Model, actor Kitu Gidwani has donned many roles but feels directors and ‘movies' are yet to explore her potential as an actor. She also belongs to that breed of actors who are driven by a role-backed script. To her acting itself is gratifying, be it on screen or the stage. Kitu Gidwani was in town for Ballantine's August Osage County. Probably her second or third visit to the city after ages, Kitu wants to know the pulse of the audience. “Bangalore and Pune audience were great. We enjoyed our time on stage,” she says.

Directed by Lillete Dubey, the play strikes a chord with today's audience. It addresses the universal theme of family and the various undercurrents that define relationships existing therein. Set in Goa, August: Osage County portrays a family in a state of near meltdown. Funny, potent, vicious, completely volatile and lush with a sparkling disparagement of the modern family, the play has won universal critical acclaim. When asked about her comfort factor with acting Kitu says, “Plays are magical. It gives a satisfaction and transports not just the actor but the audience as well. Plays are the only way to show how much, as actors, we are engaged with our characters and get to use our imagination to our fullest. There is no limit in theatre,” she points out.

Kitu plans to direct theatre, produce and direct films much later in her life; she plans to pursue TV again for a while and only think of movies if the script is promising. However she says, “Script writers and dialogue writers need to be better. It is important to write a script with a purpose from the beginning to the end. Nobody really knows how to write dialogue for cinema. Whereas take Delhi Belly for instance. Everything was seamless. The flow from the beginning to the end was amazing and it reflected the single vision of the director rather than five visions and versions squeezed in one. Money too should be good. There is a lot of money of in the industry. To get better actors on the screen the ‘star nexus' has to be broken,” reasons Kitu.

Talking about future projects, Kitu Gidwani is playing a psychic in a supernatural thriller and in another she plays the chief minister of UP. “The roles are promising and nothing like what I played earlier,” she says.

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