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Theatre is an every day challenge’

DNPUN18140 | 8/25/2009 | Author : Pallavi Kharade | WC :378

The highly accomplished actor Jyoti Subhash is back with her own play Ekam

Jyoti Subhash is known for her commendable work in theatre as well as films. The talented actor has worked in movies such as Valu, Badha, Devrai, Subhra Kahi, Bokya Satbande and Ram Gopal Varma’s Phoonk. Subhash has also made an appearance in the award-winning Marathi film Ghabricha Paus, and is now working in Umesh Kulkarni’s forthcoming Vihir.
In Valu, Subhash has played a small, yet significant role. And in Gabhricha Paus, she was seen as the mother of the protagonist—a troubled farmer in Vidarbha. “She is not a typical mother we often see in films. She is that kind of a woman we come across every day. Therefore, it was easy for me to retain the original character,” says Subhash. Even though she has played several characters in a rural setting, she says, “Her clothes, body language and accent were unlike other characters I have portrayed so far.”
Jyoti agrees that unlike Hollywood, the actors here get typecast in a mother’s role after a certain age. “Here we don’t get varied scripts, and therefore get typecast in a particular role. We don’t make experimental cinema on a large scale, but as far as I am concerned, I endeavour to be a part of it.”
After taking a break from theatre, Subhash will be seen directing a play titled Ekam. “I wanted to do this for a long time. It is very close to my sensibilities,” she says. Plays like Adhantar, Ek Shunya Bajirao and Aamhi Asu Ladke saw her play noteworthy roles.
Subash’s tryst with Hindi cinema goes back to Govind Nihalani’s telefilms Rupmati Ki Haveli and Gajire, and more recently Ram Gopal Varma’s Phoonk. “Phoonk was sheer accident! Though I have never consciously tried to get work in Hindi films, I have always maintained a balance between work and family. Therefore, I prefer working in Pune,” says the actor, who loves cinema as well as the stage. “Since cinema has a greater shelf life, the work you do remains in the memory of the audience for years. Working on the stage daily, with a new vigour is a challenge, and for that you have to put your emotional and physical make-up at stake,” says Subhash, who is currently busy with Ramesh More’s Mahasatta and Swatantryachi Aishi Taishi.

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