'Theatre is in my blood'

'Theatre is in my blood'

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'Theatre is in my blood'

Theatre person-actor-singer B Jayashree is on an altogether high nowadays. She has signed up for an English film and stepped into the hallowed portals of Parliament as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha.

Granddaughter of Kannada professional theatre doyen Gubbi Veeranna, Jayashree has completed the shoot for her role in, Lucky, made by director Avie Luthra and is back at home. She describes her experience as nothing less than rewarding. “I have never seen such a creative team. They’re such sticklers for time and there’s so much idea and imagination that’s packed into the process,” Jayashree told Metrolife.

She plays Padma who is moved by this one young man resembling her son, who was killed in a freak accident. “He’s black and at first, I dislike the boy but as time passes by I begin to like him and I am eager to get to know more about him. All these other people I meet on the way like the taxi driver, a vendor and another woman are all bridges to know the young boy,” Jayashree.

Talking about the movie, Jayashree reasons that it’s conflict that soon turns into a
relationship. “It’s about the issues between the brown and the black. The why and the what of the conflict is the crux of the story” she says.

She observes that there’s so much to learn and borrow from Western film-makers. “They make the unreal seem real and even the smallest things are done carefully,”
she says.

While Hollywood has been extremely encouraging, Jayashree has been especially hand-picked and nominated as an MP. “It’s a privilege as I have been chosen from among lakhs across the country. I don’t know with what mission I have been selected and what people expect from me but I must say that I will never let down the aspirations of the people,” she observes.

As an MP, Jayashree has an herculean task before her, “I will make sure that the funds are not misused but allocated in the most worthy way possible,” she says.

She says that her priority will be to promote and popularise Indian theatre, art and craft. “Education for the girl child and alleviation of women's woes will be high on my list of tasks,” she observes.

Asked if theatre has taken a back seat, she says that can never happen. “I have been a theatre artiste all my life. Theatre is what gave me an opportunity to work in TV and on the big screen. Theatre is in my blood," she says.