‘The medium doesn’t matter to me’

Debarati Palit Singh
Monday, 10 July 2017

Sandeepa Dhar says, as she tours countries for her international Broadway musical — West Side Story, which has completed more than 100 shows.

Last week, Sandeepa Dhar left for London to join international Broadway musical — The West Side Story. The actress with her team will be touring Scotland, Paris, Germany and several other places. The Broadway musical, in which Sandeepa plays the lead amidst an international cast, has completed more than 100 shows. Directed by Garry Stewart, it’s loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Sandeepa Dhar says, as she tours countries for her international Broadway musical — West Side Story, which has completed more than 100 shows.

Last week, Sandeepa Dhar left for London to join international Broadway musical — The West Side Story. The actress with her team will be touring Scotland, Paris, Germany and several other places. The Broadway musical, in which Sandeepa plays the lead amidst an international cast, has completed more than 100 shows. Directed by Garry Stewart, it’s loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The actress says that it’s amazing being part of the show. “I got to experience live theatre and let me tell you that it gives a different high. It’s a proud moment for the entire team to be able to complete 100 shows,” she says, adding, “It’s not been an easy project. I hope the journey will continue as we have several shows lined up.”

She says that the musical has actually helped her understand the kind of actor she is. “Theatre always does that. I am not a trained actor nor did I ever think about becoming an actor. I was working in ads when I was offered my first film by Rajshri productions. You understand the process of acting through stage because it gives you exposure of a different style. So, it’s been a huge learning experience. People say that stage is an actor’s medium while film is director’s,” she says.

She adds that she also enjoys being part of the musical because of her passion for both acting and dancing. So how does she keep herself in shape? “I dance almost six hours every day. Along with that, I practise mixed martial arts, kick-boxing, yoga and intensity work-out. I am basically a physical person,” says the actress who made her debut in Bollywood with Isi Life Mein.

But isn’t she missing out on Bollywood projects for the musical? The actress maintains that she would not give up the musical for the sake of films. “I don’t want to restrict myself and the medium doesn’t matter to me. I don’t care about the number of films I do, as long as I am doing good films, I am ok,” she adds.

Sandeepa will be next seen in Baraat Company, which is releasing on July 28. The Syed Afzal Ahmed-directorial also stars Ranveer Kumar, Anuritta K Jha, Vishal Karwal among others. “It’s a romantic, quirky kind of film. But it’s not the regular run-of-the-mill kind of romance.

It’s an ensemble cast and the story revolves around a wedding. It’s about the clash of two ideologies (Ranveer’s and mine),” she says, adding, “It shows how today’s women deal with relationships and how love is not everything for them.” The actress adds that she hasn’t done anything like this before.

“There are several layers to the character and there’s meaning behind everything. I was asked to gain weight and I did not use any make-up through the film. In fact, my director used to come and check with a tissue if I have applied any make-up. He wanted authenticity to the project,” says the actress who will announce two more projects soon.

The 7 Hours to Go actress is also part of Vikram Bhatt’s web-series opposite Gautam Rode. “It’s a romantic drama about two people who meet during 26/11 at Taj and how their relationship goes through a change post the incident. It’s an intense subject because I am suffering from post traumatic disorder in it,” explains Sandeepa.

The actress is yet to start shooting for the series. “I am still researching on the subject and I am half way through. I am also meeting psychologists to prepare for the role,” she says and signs off.

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