She climbed the ladder of success with one TV soap and became a household name. She even ventured into films, but for actress Nausheen Ali Sardar theatre offers the most satisfaction. And soon the actor will be seen playing the role of a determined girl on stage, with the play, The Play Begins @ 8pm, directed by Sachin Gupta.
“Theatre is another kind of a thrill. I’ve done three plays before this and when Sachin came to me with the script, I immediately fell in love with the fact that it’s so non-commercial,” says Sardar, adding that her character is a free bird, who speaks her heart, is righteous, and is a firm believer. The play revolves around a passionate theatre artist Sophia and her friendship with Raymen.
It raises a toast to theatre artistes from different corners of the world. “Sophia is a fun girl and I totally identify with the role. I’m as foot in mouth and non-diplomatic. My statements create headlines, but I don’t really care,” she laughs.
Director Sachin Gupta, who brings his first production to the city, says, “This production is about an actor, who believes that theatre is not an item number, and her interaction with another commercial artist. The play doesn’t deliver any message as such, but shows the two sides of a conflict. There are moments of comedy too.” Ask him if working with famous faces ups the play’s attraction and Sachin defends, “Nausheen is a passionate, honest actor. I didn’t select her because of her popularity. She was the only one who had questions about the play and the characters and not about the money involved.”
The play also gave her an opportunity to break away from her intense avatar. “I wanted to break that image of rona dhona, and portray my lighter side. But ultimately it’s not my advertisement; it’s a tribute to theatre,” Sardar says.