On May 28, 2009 the first Indori video happened. Literally. It was a Newtonian moment. I was working from home that day. I was eating lunch around 12:30 and contemplating something - the Canon 1150s digital camera was next to the laptop and something happened. I put down the lunch plate, turned the camera towards me - in video mode - and started talking. When I ran out of words, I stopped. I reviewed the video and I couldn't stop laughing. It was as if I was listening to someone else and it was seriously funny. That's the unedited, unreahearsed, unplanned.....un-anything Indore Video number 1.
Not too many people know, but I live on the wild side. In addition, I am going through the ubiquitous mid-life crisis. My friends buy convertibles, 2-seater cars, Harley, Race bikes.....since I am different from the crowd, I bought a Prius. Yes, Toyota Prius...the car with Optional Braking system.
But coming to the point, it came with a GPS.....the built-in navigations system. As soon as I heard that thingie talk to me, about a month back......I have been thinking. What if there was an Indori voice.
Tughlaq is a highly acclaimed drama from the Indian stage. Manish Sabu directs a highly accomplished cast of actors (i.e. me, me, me) to present this fascinating drama to Bay Area audience for the first time. (Visit http://www.naatak.com/current_event.html). English super-titles will accompany the dialog. There will be 7 shows of Tughlaq in downtown San Jose.
Tughlaq is based on the character of Muhammad Bin Tughlaq (1325-1351), who has been labeled as the most eccentric sultan to rule Delhi. Was he really eccentric, or was he the most misunderstood Indian sultan? What were the fascinating contradictions in his personality? This play highlights some of the most interesting incidents from Tughlaq’s life to portray the enigma that Tughlaq remains for historians to this day. Was Tughlaq a futuristic ruler, whose vision remains relevant to our times and our generation? Was he a genius, was he naive, perhaps both?
The naatak Tughlaq created socio-political waves in the post-independent modern India. The audience saw parallels in Tughlaq's whims and the reality of Nehru's India. And it made Girish Karnad famous -- Tughlaq won the most prestigious Sangeet Naatak Academy Award.
The symbolism and imagery, and the dulcet Hindi-Urdu of this drama will transport you to a different world and give insight into the contradiction that Tughlaq was. You will be discussing the characters, the drama and the brilliant story-line for a long time to come.
Engineer turned Marketeer by profession. Acting bug has been with me since 5th grade and hasn't left me - probably is stronger now. I wonder what if I even KNEW about the existence of NSD (National School of Drama) in those days. Grad school brought me to USA and career brought me to Silicon Valley. Have been very active as an actor here in San Francisco Bay Area - 20+ plays, 5 movies, several Industrials.....all while rising through a day job. I have an awesome balance of professional-, family- and hobby-life. My Bollywood debut happened opposite Saif Ali Khan in Love Aaj Kal - speaking role - it was awesome experience with Imtiaz 'down to earth' Ali as director and Kareena Kapoor's glamour on the set. And then I worked within 6.3 feet of Shahrukh Khan as a lowly extra in My Name is Khan. Would love to act with likes of Anupam Kher, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Naseeruddin Shah, Vinay Pathak type of actors some day.