Prakhar Gautam is a well known writer and theatre director. He even has to his credit a theatre company called Parindey Production. His story is one for the books.
Talking about his journey, he says, “Writing is something I always did and always loved to do. The trigger to quit CA and pursue writing as a career probably was the positive reception to my book ‘Sootradhar’.” Unable to find directors willing to consider him, as he was young, he had to learn direction on his own. And he couldn’t afford to do a professional course because of his engagements as a CA at the time.
Writing is something I always did and always loved to do. The trigger to quit CA and pursue writing as a career probably was the positive reception to my book ‘Sootradhar’.”
Just breaking onto the theatre scene wasn’t enough for Prakhar, he wanted to do something more. “Most theatre groups in the city were doing scripts that were adapted from foreign authors and most of them were comedies meant to entertain the audience, which is something that never fascinated me. I always saw the stage as a platform for storytelling and that is what I wanted to do.” Getting together with like-minded individuals, he established Parindey Production.
I always saw the stage as a platform for storytelling and that is what I wanted to do.”
Nothing worthwhile come easy, and Prakhar knows that only too well. “The fact that I have left a lucrative career in Chartered Accountancy for the sake of my love for storytelling makes me work harder and keeps me motivated at all times. The urge within to justify a bold decision to myself more than anyone else keeps me going.”
The urge within to justify a bold decision to myself more than anyone else keeps me going.”
His deep passion for theatre got him started, and it’s what keeps the fire burning. Commenting on problems faced, Prakhar says, “There have been a few challenges, but then you have to expect it when you are trying to bring about a revolution. There will be a few feathers that you are going to ruffle, but if you love what you do as much as I do, it doesn’t matter.”
Apart from being a great writer and director, Prakhar is known to be exceptionally skilled at coaching and has trained nearly fifty actors in Delhi NCR alone. His work has been well received. “Most actors in my group are working and find Parindey as their unwind. All of them are now good enough to take up a career in acting.”
Totally unconventional, even his take on inspiration is different, “I’d say the reason I am able to come up with new ideas is because I stay away from inspiration. That way I protect myself from being influenced. That way the thoughts in my mind flow independently without any direction, without any fear of acceptance.” Prakhar believes that people fear innovating because they are scared of rejection. Putting out a good story with great characters is what will draw in audiences, as opposed to creating something for the purpose of commercial acceptance.
Not giving in to the rat race, Prakhar is content with where he is. “I am having a ball here. 10 or 20 years later, as long as I live, you will find me in Delhi in a theatre near you, telling a story that has never been told before.”
10 or 20 years later, as long as I live, you will find me in Delhi in a theatre near you, telling a story that has never been told before.”
His advice for those seeking their dreams, “Just be honest to yourself, don’t do things for anyone else.”
Not playing by the rules, and carving out his own path, Prakhar Gautam is Bold in more ways than one.