Mohanlal to play Prospero

For Mohanlal, ‘Karnabharam’ was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, speaking those Sanskrit dialogues before experts in the language ‘sitting in the front row’ of the show. Chayamukhi came next as a stage production.

Now, Mohanlal, chairman of Jose Thomas Performing Arts Centre (JT pac) will play Prospero, the protagonist in ‘The Tempest’ (Malayalam) to be directed by T.K. Rajeevkumar, its artistic director. Gopinath Muthukad will play the spirit Ariel. “The magical parts will be handled by Muthukad and it will be a very different interpretation of the bard’s play,” Mohanlal says. The stage is a passion that keeps this actor busy throughout. Mohanlal is gung ho about the possibilities of a high tech theatre like JT pac coming up in Kochi.

“It will be a visual treat, watching a performance here. We will have an altogether new culture here. There are good plays and audiences who lap them up in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. But here in Kerala, we do not have a proper theatre for it. JT pac will be a beginning. Even in our capital, Thiruvananthapuram, isn’t it sad that there is no proper space for performing arts? There has been no change since then in facilities, when technology has developed so much.”

To what extent will his involvement be in the project? “It’s our baby and I will spend energy, time and work for it wholeheartedly,” says Mohanlal, who feels the Government must encourage such a venture.


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