SUNDAY MAGAZINE

Stage presence

SUCHITRA BEHAL

For her, “it’s like a new beginning”. Actor Shabana Azmi, who hits the stage after a long hiatus, claims that “it has been overwhelming to see the response to ‘Tumhari Amrita.” Azmi believes that adapting the play to screen may not work because it will lose its “theatrical input”. She believes that, despite all that cinema has given her, theatre is a class apart. However, she says, the current crop of filmmakers are revolutionary. “Even with limited budgets, they are making interesting films. In my time it was few and far between, now a whole lot of people are ready to take a risk.”

Though Azmi did not name any film, she felt that there had been a positive shift in the way film makers worked. Meanwhile she is looking forward to her role in Deepa Mehta’s film and another release with Sunjay Dutt. Query her on her role, Azmi grins, “Wait and watch.”