Deepak goes to Hollywood as Bronte goes to Bollywood
On a warm early summer evening in the heart of Covent Garden at the Turbo Preview launch Kirk Originals EYE Tunes caught up with Deepak Verma. Taking time out from his touring theatrical production ‘Bronte Goes to Bollywood’ we find out about Deepak’s incredible journey from Walford to the Yorkshire Moors.
Did you just wake up one morning and decide to write and direct a Bollywood style musical?
No! I’ve always been fascinated by the character of Heathcliff. He was the “outsider” who had to work ten times as hard as all those around him – like me in a way.
Why did you pick Emily Brontes ‘Wuthering Heights?’ instead of, lets say, Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’?
Mainly for the Heathcliff’s character. Also, Jane Austen is not passionate of dark enough for me.
Have you ever been to Yorkshire Moors?
No – but doing Bronte Goes to Bollywood has given me a real yurning to go and explore the Moors.
Are you a romantic at heart?
Yes. Very much!
Do you think Emily Bronte would give ‘Bronte Goes to Bollywood’ the thumbs up?
Yes. Its loyal to the characters and their journeys – and we are all very affectionate towards the story.
Bollywood film productions are usually BIG affairs. Did you find it easy to translate into a live stage performance?
No. It was a long process but with the collaboration of the Tamasha Theatre Company and lots of research we have a fabulous project on our hands.
The stage version is a great success. Is that why you headed off to the Oscars earlier this year? Is there a film version in the pipeline?
Yes there is. It’s only at the “talking about” stage at the moment so who knows!
What did you think of the Oscars?
Amazing! The Indians took over. It’s the Age of the Beige!!
What fashion items did you ensure were packed in your case?
My slim fitted suits and waistcoats and my Kirk Originals – the Don sunglasses from the Eclipse collection.
You have a confident fashion style is there one designer you admire?
I generally make up my own style but I do really like Ozwald Boateng.
What else does your future hold for you?
I am keen to develop some amazing projects and to work here in the UK, India and the States.