After a Hindi film debut in Kundan Shah’s 1994 romcom Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi headed to the small screen with the miniseries Kash-m-Kash two years later, only to return with Jijy Philip’s 2005 Anil Kapoor starrer, My Wife’s Murder. Six years after her last screen turn in Ram Gopal Varma’s Rann, the 40-year-old actress-singer is staging an acting comeback with a play.
Titled Drama Queen, it is directed by Inaayat Ali Sami and is based on her eponymous 2013 autobiography. Interestingly, the play also features anecdotes from the book, including Suchitra’s proposals to filmmakers Karan Johar and Ram Gopal Varma, and has her sister, Sujata Kumar, playing her mother. It also features Suchitra Pillai as a shrink, Suresh Menon as RGV, and filmmakers Nagesh Kukunoor and Ken Ghosh as her love interests.
Suchitra reveals that it was her 15-year-old daughter, Kaveri, who has been trying to get her back to acting. “She insists that she is ‘big now’ and keeps reminding me that I can’t use her as an excuse to stay away anymore,” she laughs, adding that her “madcap and wacky” play is about the struggles and naivete of finding true love in an untrue world. “It is about an exploration of loneliness, madness and the chaos in the life of a single mother trying to reclaim her place in the world.”
Will there be references to her eight-year marriage to filmmaker Shekhar Kapur which ended in 2007? “I have no place for nostalgia in my life. It feels nice when people associate me with my movies but I don’t feel connected to them. I am barely attached to what happened the day before yesterday, forget what happened 15 years ago,” she says shortly.