Minissha's brush with theatre
Narrating a story of sibling rivalry, the play titled ‘Mirror Mirror’ traces the relationship between identical twins Minal and Maanya
Minissha Lamba, who appeared in different Hindi films between 2005 and 2011, is notably known for her role in the film Bachna Ae Haseeno and dramatic performance in the eighth season of 'Big Boss'.
The actor recently made her theatre debut with AGP World production - a play titled 'Mirror Mirror', directed by Saif Hyder Hassan – which was staged in the Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi on September 8.
Narrating a story of sibling rivalry, the play traces the relationship between identical twins Minal and Maanya.
The story starts with Minal – who leads a happy childhood until her sister Maanya – who was living with her uncle, is brought back home. This shakes up Minal's childhood and sows the seeds of hate within her. She blames everyone from her parents to her teachers and her friends for preferring Maanya over her. Minal gets into a relationship with a relative. After copulation, she discovers something horrific that forever changes her destiny.
Describing her first experience in theatre, she said: "This is my virgin experience with theatre. Everything about it has been new and exciting. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process which I would sum up as magical."
"For me, it's the fact that I got to play 13 different roles. It's been a crazy, good, fun brainstorming and experimenting to figure out ways to make all the characters come to life," she further added.
Overwhelmed by the response of the audience and her first brush with theatre, the actor says that she would want to do more theatre in future. "It's a new kind of teamwork that I have been part of. As an actor, it's only been me in this play and I have loved that!!!! The whole stage is mine... it's scary.. exhilarating.... like sitting in the front of the scariest roller coaster ride you could be on," she added.
Lamba, who has been in the film industry for a while, always knew in her heart that she wanted to do theatre. "I got into a discussion with 'AGP World' (the production company) six months back when I met Ashvin Gidwani at a family function. I was sure about working in this play as it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for any actor. Being an original story, I had no hesitation in saying yes to the project. Also, getting to do my first play with renowned thespian Saif Hyder Hasan, who has directed 'Ek Mulaqaat', 'Gardish Mai Taree' to name a few also motivated me," she gushed.
Minissha, who made her last appearance in Bollywood with the film Bheja Fry 2 back in 2011, stated, "I assess the disappearance as the consequence of no good roles coming my way and the realisation that I can do bad work. But accepting such roles would spelled doom for my career."