'Artiste's job is to raise questions'

Theatre actor Rupesh Tillu firmly believes in British artist Bansky’s quote “Art should comfort the disturbed, disturb the comfortable” and this is the reason why the 33 year old constantly uses metaphors and analogies in his plays to represent growing pathos of the living world. He feels the primary role of every artiste is to ask questions and leave audience or viewers with multiple queries.

“It is the job of every artist to raise questions. Entertainment is equally important,
but both have to coexist,” he points out. “An artist should also introspect because it is his job.”

The Mumbai-based actor is performing at the upcoming “The Park’s New Festival 2015” on October 11 where his physical comedy act Enflightenment will highlight his personal travel journeys all around the globe and pose a pertinent question “who we are” to the audience. “We live in a globalised village and yet most of the resources of the world are owned by a few people. So there is disparity and I will be bringing this element on the stage,” he
tells Metrolife.

Tillu is clear that his act is not about forcing people to agree with his point-of-view, but wants them to go back to with their own interpretations.  “I am trying to question the evolution of how we think and some of the answers that we get are manufactured by people sitting higher up. It is important to look at nature-human debate and how we have become selfish in our needs.”

Tillu has an interesting journey to share. For someone who bought a one-way ticket for Sweden in 2005, with Rs 25,000 in hand, he has come a long way. An independent filmmaker and founder of “Theatre Act”, a Sweden-based theatre group, Tillu believes in producing works that deal with international issues and have a universal appeal.

He also aims to create platform where different cultures can fuse as he points out, “it takes 1,000 years for culture to evolve, but a few generations to pull it down.” This is the reason why he feels children should be introduced to theatre at an early age.

“We have immense power of imagination, but our schools don’t nurture that. It is because the system doesn’t want creative people, they want people who could follow orders,” he says.

“Doesn’t matter what these children become later in life. But they have to be introduced to theatre because once your imagination becomes fertile, your creativity flourishes. Theatre can make you sensitive towards people,” he adds.

The Park’s New Festival 2015 will also have interesting musical and dance performances by Indian and international artistes. It will take place in the capital from
October 10 to14.

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