Two remarkable men congregated a few weeks ago to talk about the art of acting and all that it entails.
Theater/film patron Sir Ian McKellen (X-Men, Lord of the Rings and my personal favorite of his, Jack & Sarah) arrived in Bombay a few weeks ago to inaugurate the seventh edition of India’s only mainstream LGBT Film Festival – the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival.
Sir McKellen has always been a fervent LGBT rights activist. In 1988, he co-founded the UK’s first LGBT rights charity, Stonewall, named after the infamous Stone Wall riots of ’69.
During the festival, Aamir Khan, who is also an LGBT rights activist, sat down with the renowned British actor and spoke about mastering the craft of acting and popular misconceptions regarding understanding the works of Shakespeare. Sir McKellen’s claim to fame were his performances in well-received Shakespeare revivals in the Sixties and Seventies.
Sir Ian McKellen also shared anecdotal experiences of his time on stage and in front of the screen with Aamir Khan while Bollywood stars, Kangana Ranaut, Imran Khan and Aamir’s wife, the beautiful Kiran Rao, can be seen in the audience cracking up to the veteran actor’s antics and quips.
In short, everyone seemed to be having a ball except me who was not in Bombay and is instead writing about this in Kuwait while counting down the hours till Iftar.
Watch an excerpt of the interview below.