EXCLUSIVE Interview! Feroz Abbas Khan On Letters Of Suresh Play, Mughal-e-Azam Success & More

EXCLUSIVE Interview! Feroz Abbas Khan On Letters Of Suresh Play, Mughal-e-Azam Success & More

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1.
What
motivated
you
to
transition
to
an
intimate
format
like
Letters
of
Suresh
for
your
latest
work,
especially
following
the
grandeur
of
your
previous
successes
like
Mughal-e-Azam?

The
first
thing
that
drew
me
to
‘Letters
of
Suresh’
was
the
writing.
When
I
first
read
the
play,
its
profound
simplicity,
depth,
lyricism,
intricate
relationships
and
core
of
humanity
overwhelmed
me.
It
had
such
a
relatable
yearning
for
human
connection
and
it
was
resonant
both
in
the
personal
and
universal
sense.
The
idea
of
transitioning
to
an
intimate,
epistolary
format
like
‘Letters
of
Suresh’
also
seemed
interesting
after
the
grandeur
and
visual
spectacle
of
‘Mughal-e-Azam:
The
Musical’.
As
a
theatre
exponent,
I
want
to
explore
diverse
narratives
and
so
after
the
scale
of
‘Mughal-e-Azam’,
‘Letters
of
Suresh’
offered
the
perfect
opportunity
to
explore
a
more
introspective
and
emotionally
immersive
experience.
The
beauty
of
theater
lies
in
its
ability
to
encompass
various
genres
and
each
project
brings
its
own
set
of
challenges
and
rewards.
I
find
it
immensely
fulfilling
to
push
the
boundaries
of
storytelling
and
engage
with
audiences
on
different
levels.


2.
How
do
you
believe
the
use
of
letters
as
a
storytelling
device
contributes
to
the
emotional
depth
and
complexity
of
the
play?

Unlike
‘Tumhari
Amrita’
where
a
series
of
letters
summed
up
the
life-long
yearning
of
two
protagonists
whose
love
remained
unrequited,
‘Letters
of
Suresh’
uses
letters
as
a
storytelling
device
to
explore
four
lives
which
on
the
surface
have
nothing
in
common.
Then
a
chance
event
triggers
a
series
of
letters
between
them
and
we
learn
how
dissimilar
their
lives
and
circumstances
are
and
yet
how
similar
they
are
in
their
yearning
for
an
answering
echo,
for
an
authentic
dialogue
with
another
soul.
They
write
in
these
letters,
things
they
may
not
have
verbalised
to
anyone
else.
They
revisit
memories
of
people
who
have
left
an
imprint
on
their
lives,
recall
things
they
are
not
proud
of,
their
losses
and
the
little
nuances
of
everyday
lives.
Each
letter
offers
a
glimpse
into
the
characters’
innermost
thoughts
and
feelings,
and
the
epistolary
narrative
has
a
tactile
resonance
that
transcends
digital
communication.
The
spaces
between
the
lines
convey
unspoken
emotions,
adding
layers
of
meaning
to
the
narrative.
Unlike
dialogue-driven
stories,
letters
allow
for
a
deliberate
exploration
of
characters’
inner
worlds,
fostering
introspection
and
empathy.
Whether
it’s
the
pain
of
unrequited
love
or
the
hope
of
forging
new
bonds,
each
letter
is
replete
with
a
rich
emotional
experience
where
love,
loss,
and
redemption
exist
side
by
side.


3.
Could
you
elaborate
on
the
challenges
and
rewards
of
going
into
themes
of
love,
loss,
and
existential
loneliness
through
the
medium
of
letters
and
intimate
human
connections
in
your
play?

How
do
you
authentically
convey
love,
loss,
and
existential
loneliness
through
written
words
on
stage?
That
was
the
primary
challenge.
In
the
absence
of
visual
cues,
actors
must
translate
the
text
into
tangible
emotions
via
their
performances.
It
is
not
easy
to
personify
the
subtleties
of
language
and
we
had
many
rehearsals
to
get
the
tenor
right.
If
we
had
failed
to
strike
the
right
note,
this
play
would
not
have
been
performed.
The
play
in
the
end
is
about
letter
writing.
This
format
strips
away
modern
distractions
and
lets
characters
express
their
deepest
vulnerabilities,
inviting
audiences
to
reflect
on
their
own
experiences
in
an
intimate
exchange.
It
was
most
rewarding
to
see
how
the
enduring
beauty
of
the
text
forged
a
meaningful
relationship
not
just
with
the
actors
but
anyone
who
watched
them
during
rehearsals.


4.
One
thing
that
you
would
like
the
audience
to
take
away
with
them
after
watching
the
play.

I
think
everyone
who
watches
this
play
will
find
something
relatable
and
I
will
leave
it
to
the
audience
to
take
away
what
they
want
from
this
story.
What
I
took
away
from
it
was
a
longing
for
simplicity,
for
gossamer
threads
of
organic
communication
that
bind
even
the
most
disparate
people
across
continents
and
epochs.
On
the
surface
,
this
play
is
about
letters
that
four
people
write
to
one
another
in
order
to
be
heard
and
to
make
sense
of
their
own
lives.
But,
it
is
also
a
deep
exploration
of
existential
loneliness,
of
the
vacuum
we
experience
within
when
we
feel
isolated,
unheard,
unseen
and
disconnected
from
everyone.
It
is
also
a
fine
study
of
love,
the
aftermath
of
death,
of
things
unsaid
and
of
finding
a
glimmer
of
hope
even
when
life
seems
bleak.
I
hope,
after
experiencing
this
emotionally
immersive
journey,
audiences
will
carry
with
them
a
renewed
appreciation
for
the
complexities
of
the
human
condition
and
empathy
for
the
struggles
and
triumphs
of
others.

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