Mikhael Kantroo: Theatre is my holy grail

Greed is about wanting more and need is about what you should have. Inayatullah Kantroo Production’s play DoRaha is all about the thin lines between wanting and needing. When one makes a wrong choice, one may lose everything. The first show of DoRaha on 14th April at Rangsharda received standing ovation from the audience and industry people alike. As the team DoRaha gears up for their next show on 18th April at St.Andrews auditorium Bandra, the co-writer and actor Mikhael Kantroo spoke to us.

Q .1 How was it being on stage with DoRaha the second time after 2 years? How the now more evolved actor in you responded to the script this time?
Ans
- Revisiting a character is a unique experience, it’s like reliving a memory that you can change, it’s empowering & yet, so humbling, because you realise how naive you were to think that you had nailed it! There are layers I have explored in Jai, that I hadn’t earlier.

Q.2 As an actor, what difference did you feel, especially as you were being directed by your father?
Ans
- Being directed by my father, Inayatullah Kantroo, was a conscious choice, After Giant, by god’s grace some of the best theatre directors could’ve been approached but I chose my father because I needed to be born again as an actor, I needed to unlearn & be more organic, this is what he wanted from me, he told me, “DoRaha might not get you whistles but it’ll earn you respect as an actor.”

Q .3 You are also the writer of the play, how did you perceive the script? What were the challenges?
Ans
- Writing DoRaha was basically Varun & I breaking out and doing what we believed in, I give him more credit because he believed in me when few did.

Q . 4 How theatre has shaped you as an actor? 
Ans -Theatre has made me the actor I’m today, & even commercially today I’m recognised because of it. Theatre is my holy grail. Theatre gives a strong foundation to an actor.

Q .5The new lot of actors come prepared, they have quite a lot of exposure. What are the pros and cons of the same?
Ans- You can never be prepared enough to be an actor because there’s a new challenge every show, every shot! Acting is all about being spontaneous and also put in hard work before the lights & cameras are on.

After watching the first show of ‘DoRaha’ at Rangsahrda actor Anju Mahendru said, "This play is absolutely relevant to what is happening in our country today. It reflects

Greed is about wanting more and need is about what you should have. Inayatullah Kantroo Production’s play DoRaha is all about the thin lines between wanting and needing. When one makes a wrong choice, one may lose everything. The first show of DoRaha on 14th April at Rangsharda received standing ovation from the audience and industry people alike. As the team DoRaha gears up for their next show on 18th April at St.Andrews auditorium Bandra, the co-writer and actor Mikhael Kantroo spoke to us.

Q .6How was it being on stage with DoRaha the second time after 2 years? How the now more evolved actor in you responded to the script this time?
Ans - Revisiting a character is a unique experience, it’s like reliving a memory that you can change, it’s empowering & yet, so humbling, because you realise how naive you were to think that you had nailed it! There are layers I have explored in Jai, that I hadn’t earlier.

Q.7 As an actor, what difference did you feel, especially as you were being directed by your father?
Ans
- Being directed by my father, Inayatullah Kantroo, was a conscious choice, After Giant, by god’s grace some of the best theatre directors could’ve been approached but I chose my father because I needed to be born again as an actor, I needed to unlearn & be more organic, this is what he wanted from me, he told me, “DoRaha might not get you whistles but it’ll earn you respect as an actor.”

Q .8 You are also the writer of the play, how did you perceive the script? What were the challenges?
Ans- Writing DoRaha was basically Varun & I breaking out and doing what we believed in, I give him more credit because he believed in me when few did.

Q .9 How theatre has shaped you as an actor? 
Ans
-Theatre has made me the actor I’m today, & even commercially today I’m recognised because of it. Theatre is my holy grail. Theatre gives a strong foundation to an actor.

Q.10 The new lot of actors come prepared, they have quite a lot of exposure. What are the pros and cons of the same?
Ans
- You can never be prepared enough to be an actor because there’s a new challenge every show, every shot! Acting is all about being spontaneous and also put in hard work before the lights & cameras are on.

After watching the first show of ‘DoRaha’ at Rangsahrda actor Anju Mahendru said, "This play is absolutely relevant to what is happening in our country today. It reflects the reality. And I must add that Mikhael’s acting is very passionate, he stayed true to his character and of course the entire team did put a great show. It is a must watch."

Mikhael who is quite excited about the second show is busy in rehearsals for the next show. Apart from Kantroo the cast includes of Sanjay Gurbaxani, Varun Tewari, Vijay Vikram Singh, Navyata Malkani, Sankalp Joshi, Prakhar Toshniwal and Varnika Singh. Magic 106.4 FM is the radio partner for the show of“DoRaha” that will be staged on 18th April at St.Andrews Bandra.