Naseeruddin Shah | His total focus and intensity are amazing. I particularly remember one performance of Motley Theatre’s ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’. The rains had forced him to move the performance indoors to a cramped hall, but he was still brilliant.
Om Puri | I wish I could watch his brilliance on stage once more. His kind of acting style just involves the art of being, but playing it out on a stage.
Vinod Nagpal | He has luminous stage presence. This was so apparent in the way he essayed his role in Mahesh Elkunchwar’s ‘Autobiography’.
Mandakini Goswami | She has this ability to engage audiences completely. The audience watched, mesmerized, every silent move she made in Roysten Abel’s ‘Diary of Anne Frank’ though she shared the stage with stalwarts such as Shabana Azmi, Zohra Sehgal and Nandita Das—all of whom had lines to speak.
B.V. Karanth | He was one of India’s greatest theatre directors, with an amazing facility for music. And he was a delightful actor. Not many saw him act, but I had that privilege. His childlike nature made him a genius.