INDIA: Sandeep Pathak is an actor, active in Marathi films and theatre. He is in the business for more than fifteen years now and has received several awards for his work, including an honorary Dadasaheb Phalke award. Pathak has starred in the record-breaking Marathi monologue ‘Varhad Nighalay Londonla,’ originally played by Lakshmanrao Deshpande in which he had to portray 52 characters, on his own.
The monologue is still running across the state of Maharashtra & has been performed worldwide.
Speaking about his childhood and early days, Pathak acknowledged his parents for being incredibly supportive, which inspired him to take up acting as a career. He has studied theatre for five years, graduation, and a post-graduation in theatre. He emphasized ‘education’ as an essence of human life.
Education of art is valuable as well. He recommended those who aspire to be an actor can join any theatre group or workshops.
Besides, the appropriate experience of performing arts is significant, to shape the individual as an actor. He described the acting career as ‘for fashion or passion,’ Furthermore, he added that working with passion may take time, but results will be there for sure.
Pathak, whose film ‘Raakh’ achieved the Best Feature Film Award in Paris, in 2020. Revealing his preferences, he said, “Any art including a theatre, film or television, should make people think, I believe; besides, merely a film cannot change the world. I fancy playing diverse sorts of roles, but theatre is my first love. My mother gave me birth as a human, but theater has shaped me as an actor. Acting is all I think about, it’s all I adore. Besides, my choices depend on preferences.”
Moreover, speaking about his passion, he acknowledged that he performed on the day after his father’s demise, back in 2001. “My audience is my topmost priority, because, I shall live as an actor, I shall die as an actor,” he quoted.
Pathak described an actor’s profession as ‘a roller coaster ride’. He emphasized that opportunity and struggle have to be identical for everyone, irrespective of one’s overall financial situation. “The perspective has to be practical, not emotional. You have to be extreme, that’s when you get returns, as an artist,” he stated.
Pathak amused the TCT’s audience by performing a few iconic roles from his immensely successful monologue, ‘Varhad Nighalay Londonla,’ before leaving.
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