In Passing

February 12, 2011 03:13 pm | Updated October 10, 2016 06:43 am IST

Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat

Dream come true

It was his first book and, unarguably, to date his best. Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone spawned a series of similar novellas, and acquired cult status after being made into a film. Now it's set to hit the theatre with one major difference: Bhagat will be playing a cameo. “It was supposed to be a secret but I guess by now everyone knows about it. I'm not much of an actor but the excitement of it all is really infectious,” he said. He also said that adapting his book to the stage was easy since his writing is largely “visual” thanks to his stints in theatre while in college. The director of the play seemed to agree and said not much had been changed except tweaking it in bits. For Bhagat, it's almost a dream come true. “I'd been waiting to see this happen. Now that it's up and running, I am sure it will connect with a young audience.” Maybe he'll get lucky and have some of the older ones gripped by nostalgia.

Rugger Review Scene II

Rahul Bose and rugby; the two are almost inseparable. Now Bose plans to take his interest in the game to the next level by trying to raise funds for the Rugby Association in India through the Rugger Review - a medley of skits, song and dance, satire. This annual event “is a politically incorrect and incorrigible account of everything that happened in the year gone by. We poked fun at everybody including ourselves,” said Bose who was ably assisted by funny man Cyrus Broacha and foodie Kunal Vijaykar. Buoyed by the tremendous response, Bose hopes to repeat the feat next year but in a different format. Asked if he'd consider going back to theatre, Bose retorted, “The last play I did was almost 10 years ago. It doesn't excite me anymore. What one can display through cinema is not possible on stage,” he said.

Entrepreneurial role

She is remembered for her silently powerful performance in “Dor”. Actor Ayesha Takia, now busy preparing to be an entrepreneur, said she had decided to “switch roles”. “I don't want to stop acting, maybe a few interesting films sometime. But right now I'm enjoying the process of setting up tea cafes. I noticed that those who don't drink coffee are almost like second class citizens. I decided to shift gears and have enjoyed doing the spadework for the cafes,” said she. While Takia does not rule out cinema completely she is convinced that for her right now is the best time to change track.

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