Mohanlal, chairman of Jose Thomas Performing Arts Centre [JT-pac] will play Prospero, the protagonist in Shakespeare's The Tempest [Malayalam] directed by T.K.Rajeev Kumar, its artistic director. Gopinath Muthukad will play the role of spirit Ariel. ''The magical parts will be handled by Muthukad and it will be a different interpretation of the bard' s play'' according to Mohanlal.
The stage is a passion that keeps this actor busy throughout. 'Karnabharam' was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, where he spoke those sanskrit dialogues before experts in the language sitting on the front row' of the show. Chayamukhi' came next as a stage production.
It has been Mohanlal's wish of to establish a high-tech theatre like JT- pac which is coming up in Kochi. He said, "It will be a visual treat, watching a performance here. We will have an altogether new culture here. There are good plays and audiences who lap them up in Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai. But here in Kerala we do not have a theatre for it and JT- pac will be the first. The government must encourage such a venture."