Updated: Jul 18, 2020
"I regard the theater as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being." - Oscar Wilde
Theater is important, and for me personally, it is like breathing fresh air. Whenever you watch a story, you find yourself in a parallel universe. You find yourself totally and utterly consumed. It‘s like the more stories you watch get enacted in front of you, the more lives you get to experience in a single lifetime. Every single character in a story matters because every character teaches you something about yourself that you never knew. While acting you find yourself in someone else's shoes, you undergo feelings that are not yours, whether it is laughing till your ribs hurt or feeling complete agony.
In a film or a play, actors are important, yes, but the actors don't make up the theater. The backstage crew, the directors, the writers and the audience, completes it. Every reaction from the audience motivates the actors to do more. The silence, the attention, the pauses, the laughter, the horror or the tears, everything completes it.
According to me anyone can be an artist because unlike mathematics, it does not have any particular formula, its just about expressing yourself. It is a process of try and error, or try and success. Being on a stage, for me is an overwhelming experience, it is like standing on the edge of a mountain and taking a huge bungee jump. It makes me reckless and scared at the same time. But it is the fear of failing that keeps us ahead of us.
It is like being vulnerable and and non-vulnerable at the same time. It is about feeling things that you never felt, learning things that you never knew, meeting people that do not exist. It‘s like being at a place but never really being there.
It is not about doing something big or something noticeable, it is about doing something that you believe in and feeling it from the heart.
Although, no one will ever accuse me of being a science student, one thing that science did teach me is that the universe is made up protons, electrons and neutrons. The same way all art forms contribute to beautiful films.
Written By: Abhishek Giri