26 October, 2020

Act 2 Diary

"You could say politics too is a form of theatre—an enactment or performance," writes veteran actor Govind Namdev about his acting journay and plans ahead.

Act 2 Diary
Gandhi and I

You could say politics too is a form of theatre—an enactment or performance. And if you grant that, I could justifiably take pride in having been inspired by one of its supreme practitioners! At least in a roundabout way. This is how it happened. I used to consume the biographies of great people even as a boy. I must have been in Class V or VI when Gandhiji’s autobiography left a deep impression on me. And this is the train of thought it produced: I asked myself, if the Mahatma could leave his motherland and work abroad, why couldn’t I too get out of Sagar, my birthplace in Madhya Pradesh? Perhaps I had it early, that outbound instinct, the small-towner’s innate desire to go out to the world and make it big. As luck would have it, by class VIII I found myself in Delhi, enrolled in a school at a stone’s throw from another school—the National School of Drama! Things then unfolded like scenes in one act: acting in...



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