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Want to continue with theatre

first_imgMaking a comeback to theatre is a fascinating experience for Bollwyood’s well-known actor Om Puri, who will be performing in the Capital, offering a complete treat to Delhiites. This marks the veteran actor’s return to the stage after 25 years.He will stage a comeback with Teri Amrita at the Punjabi Theatre Festival. This play is an Indian adaptation of AR Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play Love Letters (1988). The play will highlight the professional journey of Puri and Divya Dutta, who will play the roles of Zulfikar Haider and Amrita Nigam, respectively. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Talking about making his way back to acting on stage, Om Puri said: ‘I was very nervous initially when I decided to make a comeback. I started off with theatre as a teenager and was spotted by directors of the Punjab Kala Manch at a college play. Now at this point of life, when I am turning 64, I want to continue with theatre. I want to act and will be producing theatre from now on.‘I have no illusions about myself. It’s very difficult to get good meaningful roles in films today, unless you happen to be a huge star, where roles get specially written for you,’ admits Puri. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis play is a love story told through letters exchanged between the two protagonists, Zulfikar Haider and Amrita Nigam, over 35 years. Set during the time of Indo-Pak Partition, the two meet as children and form the bond which has been depicted by the play. It reflects the passage of time through the soured dreams and doomed love between the two lovers who pursue different paths, yet keep the flame of love alive through their evocative letters. A girl with soaring aspirations, Amrita (Divya Dutta) writes about her deepest emotions to her childhood beloved Zulfi (Om Puri), who reciprocates his unconditional love in his replies to her. Punjabi Theatre Festival will be organised by the Department of Art, Culture and Languages, under the government of India and Punjabi Academy. This is an initiative taken by chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit.‘We are very excited to showcase the event. The return of famous actor Om Puri will stir up the audience. We are expecting a huge footfall at the event. I am very thankful to actors like Om Puri and Divya Dutta who have made a comeback to theatre. This will not only promote theatre but will encourage a lot number of famous celebrities to come back to theatre,’ said Rawail Singh.DETAILAt: Shri Ram Centre, Mandi House When: 19-22 December 19-22 Timings: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more