Mantra on playing Genie in Broadway-style musical Aladdin: People say I reminded them of Robin Williams


That cannot be replaced. Talking about the audience culture in theatre as compared to films, he said live performance is a different ball game. But I continue to do what I do.”
Mantra is currently awaiting his comedy film High Jack, which also stars Sumeet Vyas, Sonnalli Seygall and Kumud Mishra. Acting is more of a passion for me and I’m enjoying it more than anything else because you get to be somebody else. For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App
© IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd “There couldn’t be a better time. “Life kept moving and growing. There is no real person over there. Mantra has been hosting Pro-Kabaddi league for past four years. Even today, I do a couple of radio shows here and there. Mantra has been doing theatre for a decade now. Coming to his character of Genie in the latest Broadway-style musical Aladdin, which is currently running in Mumbai, and is also gearing up to travel to other cities, Mantra revealed how this character chose him! And they approached me for Genie and everything else is history,” he told us. “I feel I started just yesterday. It’s becoming larger than life. He signs off stating that mediums don’t matter to him. For the world they can be different things, for me, only mediums change, platforms change. So I think if you ask me today, acting is a newer passion for me,” said Mantra. So the rush or the high of a theatre performer is much higher than a TV or a film actor,” Mantra shared. Theatre was always considered the cousin of cinema. 2018-04-26T12:23:44+05:30″>
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Mantra plays Genie in Disney’s theatre musical Aladdin. That’s what growth is all about,” he quipped. Mantra has performed in more than 100 plays of Piya Behrupiya. I’d love to do some better television and more theatre, better films. Calling radio as his first love, he, however, says acting is his new passion. “I’d love to go back to radio someday. “Hosting is an extension of radio. But this happened around 4-5 months back. Mantra has hosted and participated in dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Now, even theatre is seen in a newer avatar. You can say it’s a long journey, but like I said, it seems it all happened just yesterday,” he shared. I’ve been associated with Disney for many years. Everything can be done better. But actually, the journey has been on for 20 years now,” he recalled during an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com. I was waiting for a project like this. I’ve even started my own podcast called MnM Talkies. So it has been a full circle for me. Top News
IPL 2018 Highlights SRH vs KXIP: SRH defend 132, beat KXIP by 13 runsRahul Gandhi aircraft snag LIVE UPDATES: FIR filed against pilotsSachin Tendulkar celebrates 45th birthday with Wankhede crowdPopularly known as Mantra, this RJ-VJ-host-actor has been associated with everything from radio, television, theatre and films in the past 20 years. “I’ve been saying – I didn’t choose the Genie. So what is that one thing he would go back and do better in his career if given a chance? But in theatre, there is live human being performing for you. “I’ve continued to be a performer. The Genie chose me. He also showed his acting prowess in Comedy Circus and dancing talent in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa. Mantra also gained a name as a popular host of shows like India’s Got Talent. Radio went on forever. Mantra, who currently plays the Genie in Broadway musical Aladdin, will soon be seen in the film High Jack too. Not just cinema is being made in digital space, even theatre has gone digital. The film, which recently got postponed, is yet to get a release date. This means people want to watch it,” he opined. “In cinema, there is an empty wall with some light. Mantra has also been doing theatre for more than a decade now. Hailing from Indore, Mantra shares how he started his journey with All India Radio in 1998 and later became a part of a private FM station from its inception. You aren’t just one person. Does he feel India is seeing a growing audience for Broadway-style musical currently? And tickets are being sold out despite being so costly. “Right now the biggest compliment is when people leave the hall after watching Aladdin, they say they remembered Robin Williams,” he added. So I enjoy it because there I can be myself. But the reality is theatre is the father of everything. And as far as Broadway-style musicals are concerned, we had Beauty and the Beast, our homegrown Mughal-e-Azam… So I think it is a great time. His association with Piya Behripiya won him instant fame on the stage too. Mantra has been hosting the Pro-Kabaddi League for past four seasons.