It is not every day that you get the chance to witness talents of such stature come together on one stage. There was no way Team FUCHSIA was about to miss the opportunity to chat with Anupam Kher, Neena Gupta and Rakesh Bedi as they visited Singapore in May 2015 to perform their play, Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha.
There are very few among us who have not laughed and cried with Anupam Kher. The versatility that gave rise to the loyal, goofy friend in Lamhe, the passionate, intense revolutionary in 1942 A Love Story and the retired Hindi professor with dementia in Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara; his is a name that needs little introduction.
Neena Gupta has been a rebel of sorts with her writing, acting and directing. While the masses will remember her alongside Madhuri Dixit in Khal Nayak’s famous Choli Ke Peeche, many will also remember her stellar performance as Nawab Jaan in Gulzar’s television miniseries, Mirza Ghalib. With a degree in Sanskrit, she has lived and loved on her own terms. A feminist with a penchant for all things Indian, she has highlighted many a cause for women.
Finally, Chashme Buddoor could not have been half the success it was without Rakesh Bedi, who has both written and directed Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha. His career spans over a hundred movies and television serials, and he is still going strong.
What is theatre work like? Does it get monotonous?
We ask Neena how she manages to remain looking this beautiful over the years.
Do Bollywood stars have it easier today than they did yesterday?
Team FUCHSIA decided to move away from the topic of theatre and film for a bit. It is well-known that Anupam Kher was very affected by the attack on school-children in Peshawar last year. Does he agree that every act of terrorism/violence stems from an injustice the perpetrator was subjected to in his own life?
We see no need to push him to complete his sentence.
We end off by asking the three stars about Pakistani films and television, as well as Pakistani audiences. We grabbed the chance to request Rakesh Bedi to write for FUCHSIA’s Urdu Podcast!
Even if for a short while, FUCHSIA had the pleasure of chatting with 3 names that come up whenever we take a trip down movie-night memory lane. And it looks like there are many more memories to make with these names even in the future.