By Trisha Gupta
In a sketch that’s part of the Tadpole Repertory’s superb play Taramandal, a nervous young woman arrives at the office of a Bollywood agent. She nods when asked if she wants to be a star. But she doesn’t speak Hindi — and for the most part of her time on stage, doesn’t speak at all. The more he talks, the more terror-stricken she looks. Eventually he suggests, not unkindly, that she sign up as a Junior Artist, commonly known as an extra. “It’ll be work. And with your looks, you’ll get slotted as A-Class.”
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Cover photograph of actress Suchitra Sen, who passed away recently.