Bikram Ghosh, Cast Member and Production Manager, introduces us to Taramandal
Tarun is a founding member of our repertory and he has as much ownership of/affection for this work as any one of us. Soon after our first run of the play three years ago, Tarun moved to Bombay to test his luck in Bollywood, in Bombay movies – pretty much the only success story in terms of making a living in show business, and also, pretty much the only acceptable marker for Success.
Every time we’ve decided to run the play, Tarun’s taken a break from waiting for work in the Industry to rehearse and perform the play. But this time, he has work: work he can’t sacrifice; work that will open doors in a city of crowded hallways. He isn’t pursuing work as an actor any more, though. He’s working as an assistant director
The role we really needed Sandeep for is that of a casting agent in Bombay – a breed of gentlemen who Tarun has learnt a lot more about in the past few years, and Sandeep bid goodbye to many years ago. Other than the ones who he is friends with, and the ones his friends eventually became, of course.
It goes without saying that a scene shifts when an actor is replaced. It is remarkable to me, though, how this change has been wrought: the empty space Tarun left in this story about actors and ambition, to seek success in the Industry, has been filled by Sandeep, who left the Industry to seek success elsewhere.
Our play, ladies and gentlemen, is humbly about actors and, if you will, the Elsewhere.
Bikram Ghosh - Cast Member and Production Manager
|Taramandal in production|
Taramandal runs from Oct 8-12 in Project Arts Centre (Cube)
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