Anuradha Menon and director Deven Khote talk about their new play, Good Mourning.
The motivation for comedienne Anuradha Menon to do AGP World’s new play, Good Mourning, was that it’s a dark comedy. “What I enjoy most about my theatre life is that I’m never cast as the ‘ha-ha’ person. So, it gives me the opportunity to explore other facets of Anu and “play” with/off people,” says the actress. The piece is about the untimely death of Anuradha’s character Laila’s husband, Rahul, and an alcohol-soaked evening when her friends and family gather to offer her solace. Instead, it turns out to be one of acrimony and face.
For her, another reason to come on-board was that it’s actor Kavi Shastri’s debut as a writer. Not just him but Deven Khote also makes a foray into mainstream direction in theatre. Little wonder then, he is experiencing, “Equal doses of excitement, joy and absolute terror,” like he says, before adding, “But we have a great piece here, with a terrific team, a great script and an outrageously good ensemble.”