This is the first time you are acting in a psychological play…
The Blue Mug is a play about memory and memory loss. It’s based on a case of Dr Oliver Sacks-The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. At times, the play is funny…at times it’s too dark and personal. And there’s no script. We just share our own personal memories with the audience.
So you are playing yourself in the play?
No. Konkona (Sen Sharma) is playing psychiatrist, while I am playing a patient who suffers from neurological problems. Apart from two of us, all other actors (Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Sheeba Chadha and Munish Bharadwaj) are playing themselves.
It must be difficult to work without a script…
“Loo is the best place to meditate”
See, I love theatre and what attracts me to theatre is the rehearsal process …the mix of work and the fun. But the show itself is a nightmare for me …that’s what they (his team) make fun of. I lock myself in the loo 20 minutes before I am needed on the stage.
Now why is that?
I meditate…I keep chanting ‘Om Om’…I need to be alone before the show. As I said, the show is not what I look forward to, but I love the rehearsals.
Is the loo best place for meditation?
Yes…it’s the best place to meditate. That’s the only place where people will leave you alone, including journalists.
This is the first time you are working in a play with your partner Konkona…
The feeling was not really special until I came to Kolkata. I had visited the city many times earlier. But this time it feels nice to have someone special who is from this city. Hopefully she will feed me well at her Kolkata residence.
Given a choice between films and theatre, what will you go for?
Cinema is my first love because I think it’s the best medium to showcase your work.
What are your next projects?
I am paying innocent Punjabi doctor Jag Prag Singh in my next film TINA KI CHAABI. We have finished shooting and the film is ready for release. It is a comic caper shot at Tangra in Kolkata’s China Town, Bangkok and Mumbai. I will shortly start shooting for a small, independent film MONEY GOD, which is a satire on religion. I am playing a middle-class guy called Hari in the film.