In this Green Room Diaries we get a fascinating segue and more by the ever so talented Shweta Tripathi. The Kya Mast Hai Life and Masaan actress is vivacious and her love for acting knows no bounds. Describing her earliest experiences on stage, she sincerely professes just how instrumental and supportive her culturally inclined parents were when it came to supporting her endeavors.
Speaks of inspirations and experiences that shaped her mind and gradually led her to believe that it was the stage where she wanted to be. Her articulate perceptions just go to prove why she is regarded as one of the most promising actors of this age.
When it comes to different mediums Shweta explains how a film and a play indulge a character differently, the character growth and actor can experience.
She speaks for the entire art form when she emphasizes on the importance of using all this new-found awareness of today’s age to scale heights through her profession and boy, are we excited!
How and why Theatre?
My first theatre experience was I think when I was in kindergarten, where I played a cloud in a tutu skirt and I had to glide from one end of the stage to the other. Acting is something that I love and thankfully my parents are very culturally inclined. So when I wanted to be an actor, they they thought that theatre workshops, improve you as a person. It’s a very good personality development workshop as well. You become more confident, more outspoken, you realize your thoughts, then you vocalise them. So theatre has always been a part of my growing up field. Even when I did not know what I want to do, I enjoyed being on stage so much that I knew that I had to make theatre, I had to be on stage somehow.
What was your first defining moment on stage?
It wasn’t one moment. I think it’s a gradual change because you enjoy it so much, you know that you have to make this a part of your life. Prithvi Theatre Festival definitely played a very important part in my growing up and attracting me towards stage. And it feels great because when I used to go for it and it would be beautifully decorated and then I used to look up to Sanjana Kapoor as a child and now we are a part of Junoon also, we did Cyclewala Michael for Junoon, which she spearheads. It feels really nice and it feels that you’ve done something right. And there was also a play by Roshan Abbas called Graffiti. It was so good and was a high school musical and again it raised the bar. So as a a child when you’re exposed to stuff which you know where the bar is raised, it really motivates you and inspires you.
You act and perform in different mediums. How does your preparation for a role change with each medium?
In a film, you do your homework and then once it’s on film then nothing can be changed. So you live the character and once the film is done it’s actually like a relationship has come to an end and you move onto another character. The beauty about theatre is that you do shows, you improve with every show, with every rehearsal and you keep growing as a person and you keep growing as a character so there’s so many things. When I read about it, when I go back to the script maybe after a few months, I’m like oh so this is what that line meant. You will never go back to a film script, not because you don’t want to because you don’t get the chance. You move on.
Is Indian Theatre dying or evolving?
I think definitely evolving because any art form which people are still interested in seeing which people are still interested to be a part of, can never die. Yes, there’s more competition because we have internet, we have music concerts so people have become more aware. But I think we should use that awareness to get more people to watch theatre. Like I wouldn’t even think even if it was dying. I am never going to say it’s a dying art form because I’ll make sure that it doesn’t die.