Rohit is the quintessential Indian male, caught between the inexorable march towards modernity and the inevitable pull of orthodoxy. He finds himself torn between following his heart and respecting the demands of his deeply ingrained cultural upbringing.
Stuck in a family that includes an unappreciative father, a tiresome mother, an overbearing older sister, Hema and a sweet, albeit irresponsible younger sister, Vidula, he tries to be the rock they can all lean on during the stressful days leading up to Vidula's wedding. It is from this chaos that he draws inspiration for his work, later in life, to pitch ideas for TV serial episodes to his persnickety boss.
I play Rohit in Wedding Album, a fascinating look at modern Indian families. Girish Karnad, the master playwright, infuses Rohit with so many hues that it makes the role simultaneously challenging and rewarding. Rohit adores Vidula, and is deeply protective of her, but has a more combative dynamic with the distant and dominating Hema. Always looking to his father for approval, and ever ready to stand in defense of his mother, Rohit's interactions with his family span the entire spectrum of relationships you might expect in a slightly dysfunctional household.
I have essayed many different roles in the past -- a happy-go-lucky care-giver, a tree-hugging, left-leaning activist, a good-for-nothing son and a cheating husband -- but while Rohit's character lacks such colorful adjectives, it is one of the most interesting roles that I have played. Under the capable stewardship of our director Sindu Singh, who demands nothing less than the very best from the cast, I look forward to bringing him to life on stage!
- Anush Moorthy