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Krishna redux!

Krishna redux!
For any actor, it is not easy to cast off such an iconic role, and Bhardwaj’s case is no different. The fans of the original Mahabharata are now set for a theatrical treat as the actor marks his return as Krishna, this time on stage.

The Films and Theatre Society, a prominent theatre group based in Delhi, has roped in Nitish to reprise the famous role and once again become Arjuna’s charioteer.

The actor, who quit his successful career of a veterinarian to pursue his passion in acting, was just 23 years old when he was picked for the epic role and in no time, the young actor became more than a star. People would touch his feet wherever he would go. Many actually believed, this is how Lord Krishna would look if he comes to earth.

‘It is almost after 25 years that I will once again pick the flute and get on the stage,’ chuckles the actor, who has been associated with theatre ever since he was a child. ‘I am a bit nervous as I, at no cost, want to disappoint my fans who have for decades showered me with their love,’  says Nitish, who performed in six Hindi and Urdu plays during late 1980s.

The play  will be staged in Delhi on 26 July at Kamani Auditorium followed by the Gurgaon show on 3 August . as part of The Films and Theatre Society’s pan-India tour of plays, called Swades, which will cover several states including Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Koushik says, ‘When I redesigned my original play Arjun Ka Beta as Chakravyuh, the character of Krishna came out really well. While narrating the script to my team, it suddenly struck me that there is no one else but Nitish who can add life to this role.’

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