Gajraj Rao: I Used To Do Theatre In Delhi But After Coming To Mumbai, I Didn’t Get The Opportunity – Outlook India

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Updated: 14 Sep 2022 5:53 pm
If thriller and suspense as a genre drives your entertainment needs, Zee Theatre has come up with its newest teleplay, ‘Gunehgaar’. This suspenseful drama about crime and retribution revolves around the life of three key personalities – a journalist, a cop, and a common man. Directed by Akarsh Khurana, 'Gunehgaar' brings together Gajraj Rao, Shweta Basu Prasad and Sumeet Vyas in prominent roles. To announce the launch of the play, a poster was released that hinted at a truly engrossing narrative.
Gajraj Rao, who is working for the first time in a teleplay, adds, "When Akarsh shared this idea, the story felt very interesting to me. Akarsh's link with the grammar of theatre has remained unbroken and he knows very well how to interpret theatre for the small screen while keeping its nuances intact. I used to do theatre in Delhi but after coming to Mumbai, I didn’t get the opportunity to do so. This teleplay isn’t exactly like a stage show but it’s a worthy television counterpart. Also, I came on board because, for many years now, the Zee Theatre team has been working hard to bring theatre to the television audience. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to become a part of a truly unique experiment."
Being drawn to the complexity of her character, Shweta Basu Prasad says, "What drew me to this teleplay was my character, the female protagonist. She has so many layers to her; she seems tough, ambitious, and driven. It is hard to make up your mind about just who she is. It was interesting to explore Mrinalini and her complexities."
"What excited me is the treatment given to the whole set and the shoot. Initially, I wasn’t sure about this since I was working for the first time in a teleplay. But as we wrapped the play, I enjoyed the whole process. The audiences will get a good mix of Theatre as well as the essence of the camera. The play will certainly engage the viewers,” adds Sumeet Vyas.
‘Gunehgaar’ will release on Tata Play Theatre on September 24, Airtel Spotlight, and DishTV & D2h Rangmanch on September 25.
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