I was watching Sashi Kapoor’s interview on the TV channel, Times Now yesterday. He comes out as a sensitive and affectionate person, keeping to himself outside the sets, professional to the core, and a man of values. It is difficult to imagine him so, since his film appearance has usually been more of an effusive charisma.
Among Sashi Kapoor’s priorities is theater, and his penchant for it becomes clear when he and Jennifer set up the Shri Prithviraj Kapoor Memorial Trust & Research Foundation in Juhu, Mumbai in the memory of his illustrious father. Prithvi Theatre, as it is known, has immortalized the legacy of Prithviraj Kapoor.
Tomorrow is a special day for Prithvi Theatre as it organizes Prithvi Theatre Festival, running up to Nov 19 to mark Prithviraj Kapoor’s birth centenary. Its motto is interestingly termed, Kala Desh Ki Seva Mein. More details here.
Kapoors – the time that was [Picture source]
The festival is also an occasion for rejoice for those who wish to ‘catch up on Rabindranath’s plays’. Freed from Vishwabharati‘s 6-decades long shackles, Rabindranath’s creations are now a fertile ground to make imaginative displays. And so, matching this year’s grand occasion of Prithvi Theatre Festival will be debuting there of his 5 multi-lingual plays in Bengali, Malayalam, Assamese, Manipuri and Chattisgarhi by Happenings, a Kolkata-based cultural group. Read Sulakshana Gupta‘s article, Experiments with Tagore is Prithvi Festival’s big draw.
I feel like saying that it goes to Sashi Kapoor’s credit that Rabindranath’s famous Gitanjali poem, Where The Mind Is Without Fear, gets its true depiction at an occasion that commemorates the great persona of Prithviraj Kapoor.