Courtesy : Sumeet Vyas
Sumeet Vyas made his screen debut with a small role in Woh Huye Na Tumhare. But it was Permanent Roommates, which is touted to be India’s first web series, that made him an instant sensation. After from television and web, he has also successfully dabbled in films. However, Sumeet owes his learnings to theatre. The actor has been actively involved in the theatre since his early days as an actor.
On World Theatre Day, he says,
Theatre has taught me everything about life. I started working with a theatre company at 17 and never looked back since. My upbringing as an artist began with theatre. Everything I know about the world of art, cinema, stories and human beings is because of the acting spontaneity that theatre brings with it. I learned that the good part doesn’t last forever while the reality also doesn’t last forever. It keeps changing, life is dynamic so it’s essential to learn to not hang on to anything; be it success or failure.- Sumeet Vyas
According to the actor, theatre becomes fun when one plays characters that are very different their personalities and when one embraces the character they play, it becomes a part of them. He believes that performing on stage is therapeutic and it is a high for artistes.
He further elaborates,
Courtesy : Sumeet Vyas
Most importantly, it was while doing theatre that it taught me the law of impermanence. It taught me that nothing in life is permanent. After a good play, the audience would applaud, they would come backstage, click pictures with us and praise us that would give us an ultimate high as artists but then we would wrap up, load our props in the trunk and return home- Sumeet Vyas
Talking about missing his theatre days, Sumeet says,
Every day I think about theatre. I haven’t done a play in the last four years and I know how much I miss getting back on stage, rehearsing with my co-actors. I miss the whole process of rehearsing like coming in the evening, meeting the team, creating something every day. It’s therapy for me and I can’t wait to do it again.- Sumeet Vyas
Sumeet confides that his friends in the theatre circuit have stopped calling him for plays because they think he is busy acting in films. But that’s not true. He says,
“I want to put it out to all my dear ones from theatre that I am really trying to do a play. I may lose money but I will take the time out to rehearse for a play and put a play together soon.”