Actor Denzil Smith talks about his love for stage and more

Besides acting, Denzil Smith hosts jazz tribute concerts on International Jazz Day

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | May 23, 2018 | Mumbai


#arts   #theatre   #on a personal note   #Denzil Smith   #jazz festival  
Actor Denzil Smith (Photo: Denzil Smith)
Actor Denzil Smith (Photo: Denzil Smith)

Denzil Smith is a stage and film actor who has featured in several Indian and international productions that have achieved both critical and commercial success. Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House was based on partition in which he played the role of Jinnah. He also appeared in The Lunchbox and Bombay Velvet. Besides acting, he hosts jazz tribute concerts on International Jazz Day. In 2006 he founded Stagesmith Productions to produce Indian English Theatre rooted in home grown narratives. He has trained in voice at the National Centre for the Performing Arts and does voiceovers for commercials, corporate films and documentaries besides conducting voice workshops in theatre institutes and colleges in India.

What are you reading at present?

The Book of Chocolate Saints by Jeet Thayil

 

What do you feel is best about the craft of acting?

The ability to step into several people’s shoes.

 

Any memorable moment while performing on stage? 

It was when Ben Kingsley came to my dressing room to congratulate me after a performance of Letters to A Daughter from Prison directed by Vijaya Mehta. I had played the role of Pandit Nehru. Second was when the set crashed on me in the middle of a performance on stage in Mumbai many years ago.

 

Why is it important to have local narratives in English theatre?

All art is a reflection of life and vice-versa. Stories of our people, events of the past and present act as a mirror and hopefully help us see where we are going or not going.

 

How is the theatre scene changing with time?

Many new theatre companies and playwrights are being born. Theatre seems to be thriving. However, we are in need for many more performance spaces. While the number of theatre practitioners has gone up, the number of theatres has remained the same if not diminished.

 

Your views on new age cinema? 

Cinema in India has never been in a better space than it is now. Films are being made in all kinds of budgets, for all sorts of audiences in different languages. If only the archaic censorship system were changed there would be many more exciting  movements to look forward to.

 

Who has been your greatest influence in your life?

My father who I lost at the age of 11 and actor Naseeruddin Shah. I respect Naseer as my guru and teacher. 

 

Governance issues that affect you the most.

Simple things like roads, lack of discipline, corruption everywhere, pseudo-nationalism, rule of the mob, freedom of speech, censorship, etc. 

 

Have you ever been at the receiving end of misgovernance?

Several times! 

 

How can the government promote dramatics, cinema and arts?

It needs to start small initiatives at district levels in every discipline and put some serious money and resources into it. The arts should be incorporated deeply into the education system. Government should make it a rule for all schools to have the necessary facilities to foster all forms of arts. 

 

 

Comments

 

Other News

MeitY unveils National strategies boosting blockchain adoption for better e-Governance

  The Ministry for Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) ha

Bihar Government escalated 6 IAS to Secretary Grade

In a recent transfer order issued issued, the Bihar Government announced to extend the promotion to six IAS officers of 2006-Batch to Super Time Scale (Secretary Grade) with effect from January 1, 2022.

Middlemen siphoning off farmers’ interest: Vijay Sardana

Agriculture economist Vijay Sardana has said that middlemen have been siphoning off farmers’ interests, and the repeal of the three farm laws that were brought in to minimise the exploitation of farmers was a political compulsion. “There is a huge siphoning of farmers’ inte

Bank loan recovery in recent years has mirrored Hindu rate of growth

At the outset, for those who are not familiar with the nomenclature ‘Hindu Rate of Growth’, it refers to the low economic growth in post-independent India till the 1990s, when several economic liberalisation measures were undertaken. Till the 1990s, the growth rate was around 4%, which accelera

Visionary Talk- Vijay Sardana, Agriculture Economist with Kailashnath Adhikari on Repeal of Farm Law



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter