Mumbai’s Prithvi Cafe & Theatre : Shashi Kapoor’s Beautiful Living Legacy

Mumbai’s famous Prithvi theatre & cafe that has a dynamic vibe of its own, sits beautifully on the city’s crown as a diamond. Be it the cutting chai, bun maska, Suleimani chai or a wide range of things that you would only love to have at Prithvi, this place is a lot more than just a building full of people.

Situated in a tiny lane of Mumbai, Prithvi theatre, with its adjoining cafe is the hub for creative souls to unite. You would rarely find a place to sit at the tiny place which makes you fall in love with it on first sight. Who do we have to thank for this wonderful place? Veteran actor, Shashi Kapoor and his wife Jennifer Kendal.

They built Prithvi in 1978, the memory of Shashi Kapoor’s father, Prithviraj Kapoor (he had founded a travelling theatre company by the same name in 1994). Even after 4 decades, Prithvi buzzes with supreme energy that Jennifer Kendal gave to it, until she passed away in 1984. After her death, one would see Shashi Kapoor at Prithvi every now and then. Once he grew old, Kunal Kapoor, his son began looking after the place.

The beautiful theatre that stages plays of varied genre is unique because unlike most theatres, it does not have chairs arranged in a straight line. Prithvi, is an amphitheater, where you sit surrounding the actors and feel as if you are a part of the story that is unfolding in front of your eyes.

There is one cherry on the cake at Prithvi – the Prithvi bookshop. It’s called Paperback@Prithvi. It is small but has quality books that you would love to read.

Prithvi, in it’s truest sense is a memorial of Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendal that Mumbai has – will always have. You would often see people writing, rehearsing, reading, lost in thought smoking or simply catching up with their friends. You would also see a lot of known faces – TV, theatre and film actors who frequent the place and sit on the table next to you, without any air of fanciness.

Some people believe that every place has a soul. Prithvi does. It was for a reason that during the veteran actor’s last rites, his body was taken to Prithvi. The place meant the world to him.

If you haven’t visited this iconic place, do it today!

Photos : http://www.prithvitheatre.org

Heer Khant
Heer Khant

Traveller | Writer | Photographer | Maverick | Social Worker | Lawyer | A freedom-loving woman for whom words are like wings to her soul. She believes in aliens, hates boundaries and lives like the first human on Earth.

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