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Pokharel in a one-man show at Mandala Theater

Actor Sunil Pokharel during rehearsals for the play ‘Idamitthan: At Your Own Risk,’ currently being staged at Mandala Theater in Anamnagar. Actor Sunil Pokharel during rehearsals for the play ‘Idamitthan: At Your Own Risk,’ currently being staged at Mandala Theater in Anamnagar.
KATHMANDU, June 16: Nepali theater legend Sunil Pokharel is performing solo in the play ‘Idamitthan: At Your Own Risk,’ currently being staged at Mandala Theater in Anamnagar. Directed by Som Nath Khanal, the play was written by famous Nepali playwright Saru Bhakta some 25 years ago.

‘Idamittham’ shows how politics affects every aspect of a man’s life. It tries to reflect the state of an innocent citizen caught in the civil war.
“I’m feeling quite nervous,” Pokharel said during the final days of the rehearsal, “But since I have given my word, I will do my best and carry on.”

The reason behind this nervousness is this is the actor’s first solo performance. He had attempted a solo performance three years ago with the late Jagdish Ghimire’s ‘Sabiti.’ There was a trial show, too, but the actor wasn’t satisfied with it and canceled the play.

“I was planning on rehearsing the play one more time and showing it to Jagdish dai but unfortunately he passed away,” he said.

Director Khanal was greatly influenced by Saru Bhakta’s writing when he read ‘Pagal Basti’ almost 15 years ago as a high school student. Khanal came across this play in the process of reading through Saru Bhakta’s works. Actually he had considered acting in the play himself when he first read the play.

“But when I read it again after many years, I felt that a capable actor like Sunil sir would do it justice,” he shared.

The play will run every day, except on Mondays, until June 25.