Pune-based theatre personality Amit Joshi has been adjudged the “Best Actor” for his role in two 10 minute acts – Nirjhari and Mili, at Dastak, Singapore’s first and only 4 day Hindi Theatre Festival. The 3rd edition of the festival was held in Singapore between November 15- 18 at Blackbox, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore.
The festival supported by National Arts Council Singapore, and Krescendo Communications, had a total of 10 plays and more than 60 actors performed. Nirjhari was voted by the audience as the “Most Popular Play” among the 10 plays.
Amit Joshi was a student of Vidya Bhavan High School and completed his graduation from Symbiosis College of Arts & Commerce. In his previous stints in theatre, Amit had won the Best Director Award for the one-play “Asach ek diwas” for a district level competition in 1999 and has acted in Marathi serials like “Geet Ramayan” and “Peshwai”.
He has directed and acted in several full length Marathi plays in Singapore like “Sarkha Chatit Dukhtay”, “Tarun Turka Mhatare Arka”, “Bechkee” and “Makdachya Haati Champagne” to name a few. He also played 3 roles in the classic,”Vichha Mazhi Puri Kara” in Singapore.
He also broadened his horizons by working with English productions. He got involved with a local Theatre Company, HuM Theatre in Singapore. He was a part of 2 English plays- “Rafta Rafta All in Good Time” in the year 2010 and “ The Prisoner of Mumbai Mansion” in the year 2011 for which he was the Actor, Asst Director and Stage Manager.
On receiving the Best Actor award, Amit Joshi said, “This is my 3 year that am participating in Dastak. There were 2 different roles which I played in the plays Nirjhari and Mili. Both the portrayals were poles apart in behaviour as well as their age and challenging to perform. The canvas of emotions varied and the audience loved the intensity of both the roles I played. I’m glad that my hard-work paid-off and was appreciated. I sincerely thank the Dastak team, my directors, my co-actors, our production team members, the audience, sponsors for their support and participation. This award means a lot to me and am excited to work harder in my future projects.”