Best Buddies 2017

Rajit Kapur, Shernaz Patel and Rahul da Cunha

Bound by the passion for theatre, the founders of Rage Productions are now a family

Soumik Kar

Few structures vie for our attention as we make our way through the narrow bylanes of Breach Candy in southern Mumbai. But none stand out like the royal mansion of the pre-Independence era, now known as Sophia College for Women. The stage at the college is a scene of chaotic precision, the lights get checked one by one and the workers apply finishing touches to the foreground elements. The co-founders of Rage Productions, Rajit Kapur, Shernaz Patel and Rahul da Cunha make time for this interaction with few hours to spare, in the run-up to an evening show of their popular play, The Siddhus of Upper Juhu. Founded in 1992, this Mumbai-based theatre company has entertained audiences in the US, UK, Dubai, Germany, etc. This, while adding productions of plays such as Class of ’84, Pune Highway, 12 Angry Jurors, Flowers, I’m Not Bajirao to their repertoire. Each one of the founding members is a star in their own right. Born to the first family of Parsi theatre, Patel, has carved a niche for herself, on the theatre stage and also in movies like Black, Guzaarish, and many more. Kapur, who won our hearts as Byomkesh Bakshi in the 90’s, has now donned the director’s hat for few productions. Lastly, Rahul da Cunha, is the hidden voice behind the iconic ads of FMCG major — Amul — while he also brings a script alive through his writing. As diverse as these three personalities might be, they are bound by the love for theatre. Read on to know how three strangers, driven by their passion, have now transformed into a family that strives to play an important role in the evolution of Indian theatre.