'The actor is just a tool in cinema,' says actor Saran Jith
'Curtains are up. A playful Cupid makes his entry in the English play Chandala, Impure; the audience is struck by his impish grin. The god of love, dressed in flowers and armed with a bow and a quiver of arrows, cycles the lovers around stage. Romance has arrived; so has the actor, Saran Jith, on the modern Indian stage.
Theatre lovers already know Saran as the playful Cupid and endearing maama, a well-wisher of the lovers, in the Puducherry-based Indianostrum’s play. Today, he has created a buzz in Kerala, his home state, with a role in Lal Jose’s latest, 41.
...The actor followed this up with a highly specialised three years’ training module at Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI) in Singapore.
ITI training moulded Saran’s body and mind as an actor. “The place carves out unique artistes, and not brands. They train you in diverse art forms of Asia as well as contemporary acting methods. But, no one tells you what is right or wrong. It’s what we take away from each form, and, how we relate it with contemporary theatre.” The film had a Singapore release. And, Saran was overjoyed to watch a video of his teachers in ITI sharing their reactions after watching the movie. “I got the spirit of acting from home and the body of acting from ITI.”'
- The Hindu