Tushar Trivedi has been a strong personality in the Gujarati theatre circuit for more than 30 years and is an accomplished actor, playwright and director. His children, Ami and Karan Trivedi, have followed suit and today made their mark in the theatre circuit as well as on television. We caught up with them to chat about what role theatre played in their lives and what it means to them today.
Ami: I was introduced to theatre as a child. In fact, I would describe it as my playground. My father had been associated with the theatre for more years than I could count so I always felt a strong connection towards it. I will be honest. I was a shy introverted child. Sometimes, I felt I bagged the consolation prize in competitions just because I was my father’s daughter. But still, the theatre was my happy place. My brother Karan and I would play small roles in our dad’s productions and feel like superstars. I think Karan more so, because he was the chocolate boy. Everyone adored him.
Karan: I agree! I was the happiest in the theatre when I was young. My dad being who he was, I was always allowed to go backstage and take a peek. I absolutely loved that. One of my favorite memories of the theatre would be watching Sharman Joshi. I was a small child but I was completely smitten by him. His performance, his attitude or even just the way he was when he was getting his makeup done! I would just sit and stare at him until he would come up to me and say a few words. Ami and I usually worked together in our dad’s productions but as we grew older, we had our own theatre journeys that we followed.
Ami: The first project I did outside of my family comfort zone was one with Neeraj Vora sir. Ironically, it was here where I finally felt at ease and thought maybe, just maybe I have a shot at being on stage full time. I put my faith in the feeling. After that experience, I believe I was seriously blessed to work with the best of the best in the business. Theatre had become a profession. It built my craft; helped me connect with the most wondrous people and also was a segue into my journey towards becoming a television actress.
Karan: I think after a while in theatre, both Ami and I branched out into television. I also found my calling as a dubbing artist quite early on. But the theatre always had my heart. My last time on stage was in early 2019 and I can’t wait to get back to acting. The pandemic obviously has put a stop to a lot of work and my heart goes out to everyone who is hustling. The theatre goes on. It is a very important part of who I am as an individual today and all the success I’ve achieved in my career.
Ami: “What does theatre mean to you?” I’ve answered this question a lot of times. I always stuck to ‘I’ve been so lucky to experience it’ or ‘I have learnt so much from the theatre’. But last year my answer changed. In January of 2019, I lost my mum. It was the biggest blow. She was someone who was fundamental to my existence. An enigma on stage and off. After she passed, I was derailed. I tried out many things to get back on track but to no effect. My saving grace was the stage. There came a point where all I craved to do was theatre. I had to wait quite some time before a project came my way but I finally got to be a part of Safarchand, one of the biggest productions at the time. Being back at the theatre was like a warm hug from my mum. From a profession, theatre had become home and I am not ready to let go of that feeling just yet.