Back in 1994, theatre and film personality Piyush Mishra wrote a musical play on Bhagat Singhs life and times, and just like his audience, he finds the play relevant even today. Titled ‘Gagan Damama Bajyo, it will be featured at the Prithvi Theatre and Royal Opera House in Mumbai as part of the Prithvi Festival in November.
Edited excerpts from an email interview with Piyush Mishra:
1. What makes for a good story for you?
Small moments, little slices of reality make a story really interesting to me. It’s not just the plot, but the small moments in the story that can really make it come alive.
2. ‘Gagan Damama Bajyo’ explores Bhagat Singh in a way history textbooks and public memory does not. Why this focus?
Everyone has always just concentrated on the revolutionary aspect of Bhagat Singh’s life. I had researched so much on his life that I would often dream about him. And what I’d think about was his day to day life. He was an intellectual beyond comparision, a friend, a son and maybe even a lover. That humanity is what I wanted to reveal
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