ROHIT ROY, who just impressed the audience and critics with his play Unfaithfully Yours, talks about New Year resolutions, relationships and many things more…
Q. 1 How are you planning to start the year 2015?
I think after more than a decade my brother, Ronit and I, along with our families, will be spending the New Year together. Ronit has bought a house in Goa and we are planning to go there during the New Year.
Q. 2 Do you believe in resolutions?
I don’t really believe in New Year resolutions because 99 per cent times people tend to break it within the first fortnight.
Q. 3 Has it always been like that…even as a kid, that you did not believe in resolutions?
I have been a very boring guy, always followed the routine, good at studies kind of guy. I would come home from school on time, sit for studies on my own and never broke any rules. So, there was never a question for me to make resolutions. I grew up with the idea of following the routine.
Q. 4 So, there have been no resolutions at all?
The only time I made a resolution was when I was in Class 10, before my Board exams. I had decided to have a window for my studies from nine in the night till six in the morning. I diligently followed it for six months.
Q. 5 What about your wife Manasi Joshi Roy – do you make plans together in the beginning of the year?
Manasi makes the plans and I follow that (laughs). I am not saying it just because a married man says this. All the plans are made and executed by her and I have to toe the line and follow it. I like it that way as then I can concentrate on my work as she takes care of all the other things.
Q. 6 What is the one new thing that you would like to do in 2015?
That’s an interesting question! I would like to read one good book, watch a good film, listen to a very good musical album and take a holiday out of India. And I guess all this is easily doable too.
Q. 7 And, if we talk about one of the best things to have happened to you in 2014?
Because I undertook a challenge and I feel I have been able to pull it off well too. Interestingly, I was hugely appreciated for my first role of Rishabh Malhotra in Swabhimaan. Everyone in the country was talking about the show and my character but Manasi, who I have been married to for 15 years, found the performance average. But when she saw Unfaithfully …, she came backstage and said she has never been more proud than this. Out of 10, she gave me 9. It was the most amazing thing to have happened.
Q. 8 Since Unfaithfully Yours has got such a good response, any plans to do more of theatre?
Right now I am very focussed on this one as it is my first play and I have never been on the stage. Moreover, it’s a two person play, (Mona Singh is his co-star). Before I started, everyone asked me if I am sure I want to be a part of a two-person play as it may be quite difficult. It’s like doing PhD with- out doing college. But I was sure that if I start the- atre I would do something challenging and push the envelope. Since people including the critics have appreciated it, I would like the play to run its course. But I plan to do another play which, in all probability, would star Manasi and me. It is an out- and-out comedy again about an estranged couple.
Q. 9 What else does the New Year have in store for you?
I am doing a comedy show, Peterson Hill, written, directed and produced by Ashwani Dhir. I am also planning my film directorial venture in the coming year. If all goes well, I would start work on it by May. It’s a dark love story. It has got a wonderful young cast. The two lead actors are barely a film old. I needed people who are actors more than stars and I have got that.
Q. 10 Since most of your projects revolve around relationships, what is your opinion about relationships and resolving the intricacies involved?
I totally believe in resolving issues. I don’t believe in letting things hang because they never really get sorted then. People say that time will heal, but nowadays who has the time? I feel whether it’s a personal or a professional relationship, one should always resolve the differences. I make an extra effort to resolve differences.