After a hiatus of three years, director Feroz Abbas Khan will pull the curtains up as soon as once more as his most celebrated work Broadway-style musical Mughal-e-Azam returns to stage. An ode to 1960 Okay. Asif movie was impressed by a play known as Anarkali, written in Lahore in 1922 by dramatist Imtiaz Ali Taj, the reside musical is scheduled to happen between October 21 and 30 at Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Bandra West, Mumbai.
In dialog with News18, Khan talks in regards to the type of love that he has acquired for the present, how he hasn’t modified something and why he feels that theatre as an artwork kind goes to develop tremendously within the coming years.
You’re bringing Mughal-E-Azam again on stage and plenty of reveals are already houseful.
I’m delighted that a lot of our reveals are offered out. As a theatre director there may be nothing extra heartening to see than the viewers coming in, watching and appreciating your present. Bringing again Mughal-E-Azam on stage this time round is much more particular. It’s very fascinating as a result of that is the centenary yr of the unique play known as Anarkali. Filmmaker Okay Asif would have turned 100 earlier this yr. And should you take out two years of Covid, then Mughal-E-Azam the film completes 60 years. And we’re staging the present on the identical day, because it premiered six years in the past on October 21. I lately spoke to Okay Asif’s daughter and he or she is actually proud of what we have now finished. She talked about to me, ‘If my father was alive, he would have given you an enormous hug’. That was probably the most superb suggestions that I’ve acquired.
Have you ever launched any new components to indicate?
The suggestions for all these years, good or dangerous has simply been overwhelmingly and other people have usually mentioned that they need to see this once more. So, altering something wouldn’t make sense. There’s a change within the venue Earlier we was at NCPA and this time we’re Bal Gandharva Rang Mandiir in Mumbai. So, altering the venue can also be an enormous problem. What could be very new could be very fascinating. The type of performances actors are bringing to the present, is one thing fairly particular, as a result of the COVID interval has made these actors bottled up they usually simply need to come out and burst on stage. I’ve seen the rehearsals and it’s actually heartwarming as a result of overlook about being rusty, they’ve been way more risktakers and you’ve got will see a distinct type of vitality. However after all, the play stays essentially the identical, as a result of that’s what you need to see right here. However once more, bear in mind a stage present theatre play is identical, but it surely’s not the identical present. Each evening is a brand new evening and that’s the great thing about theatre.
You staged a musical Eva Mumbai Maa Chal Jaaye within the early 90s. How have issues developed over time?
That’s an excellent query. Again within the 90s,after I did the musical Eva Mumbai Maa Chal Jaaye, it was audacious on my half to aim a reside musical on Gujarati stage, with the type of technical complexity and the dimensions at it which it was tried. Simply to present you an instance, these theatres, they run a number of reveals, so that you get just one hour in between the present, within the sense that it when are you imagined to do the lighting sound, the set and the whole lot, and then you definately get solely half an hour to dismantle it. So, that was one thing so difficult that everyone thought that I misplaced my head. Which in a method was true, as a result of what ended up taking place was that I used to place up my units within the morning, after which the sunshine and sound, I used to place all of them within the morning and any theatre firm that was performing earlier than us, I advised them, to not get their gear and use our sounds and lights. The opposite problem was there have been additionally a limitation of the type of ticket costs that I might cost, as a result of truly, my value was very excessive however there was sure capping within the ticket charges. I bear in mind there are some theatres, which truly banned me as a result of they felt that my ticket had been actually pricey. However I wished to do it as a result of I assumed that musical on the coronary heart is who we’re.
You additionally directed some fascinating performs which weren’t actually massive on scale.
I’ve all the time checked out theatre the best way that might be on an enormous scale. Even earlier than my Gujrati musical, I had an English manufacturing known as The Royal Hunt of the Solar. However after trying Eva Mumbai Maa Chal Jaaye, I used to be exhausted with the type of challenges that I used to be going through. And that’s after I determined to get into minimalism. I realised I couldn’t keep it up like this as a result of at the moment we didn’t have theatres and quite they had been multi-purpose auditoriums the place we might have stage reveals, marriage and even prayer meet for somebody who has handed away. So, I realised that I used to be simply banging my head in opposition to the wall. This doesn’t work. And so then I went into minimalism in some ways. And the results of that was Tumhari Amrita. After that I had Magatama Vs Gandhi or Salgirah and even Salesman Ramlal which have all been minimalistic by way of all its technical components.
You could have been within the trade for greater than three a long time. There was a relentless debate that theatre is a dying artwork. What do you need to say about it.
Theatre is a 500-year-old artwork kind. It’s the mom of all the opposite platforms together with tv, cinema and now OTT. We nonetheless name screenplay which is a play for the display, so we’re nonetheless referencing to the beginnings. So, theatre is an artwork kind that may by no means die. But it surely wants sacrifices from the individuals who need to do it. Someplace in accordance with me, for some folks, that is an artwork kind which is the which means and objective of their life. For others it’s a livelihood. So there’s a distinction between the each. Folks give quite a bit to theatre and that’s it’s alive. Irrespective of wherever folks go from theatre, they need to come again to this artwork kind as a result of there’s something very pure and magical about it which you’ll’t get anyplace else. Many of the different mediums turn out to be transactional the place you meet folks, work and transfer on. In theatre you don’t transfer on, you progress collectively. And as we speak with all of the modifications that we have now seen attributable to pandemic the place the whole lot goes digital, persons are craving to see reside performances. Human beings need to join with different human beings and this artwork kind is simply going to develop exponentially.
Lastly, why do you assume Mughal-E-Azam continues to be beloved by the audiences?
The explanation why Mughal-E-Azam continues to be watched and appreciated to this point is that beneath all of its opulence, is a human story that’s relatable at a number of ranges. It’s in regards to the everlasting battle between progressive concepts, between the love for energy and the facility of affection, between a father and a son, a spouse and a husband and it is usually about ladies who must both adjust to patriarchy or pay a value for defying it.