The first time he reads those words
Adrenaline rushes into his blood
His eyes gleam with the images of full-house
Then the search for actors for characters begins

The Director only knows it all
He plans, re-plans and finally re-plans
The entry, the exit of all to call
Stage is a world and director is the God

He comes early and leaves late
He thought of props while food they ate
Sets to be readied four days before
Dreams haunted while he slept on the floor

His judgement day comes, he doesn’t care
Except his characters to be treated fair
Everything in place on his millionth check
Lights go off, he breathes a heck

The people they saw, not the people he knew
Actors they saw, characters he brew
The applause, the ovations, the whistles
That is when the director giggles.


A 2 year old out of focus picture hastily taken by a friend moments before the curtains opened.

22 thoughts on “Backstage

    • Prateek Kohli April 4, 2015 / 6:01 am

      I am just experimenting with different styles. It is always encouraging to be appreciated by you. Thank you so much 🙂

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  1. AdiC April 4, 2015 / 1:55 am

    So you’re into directing too or is it the actor’s take on the director? It’s lovely the way you’ve built up the suspense a director goes through…

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    • Prateek Kohli April 4, 2015 / 2:00 am

      Ah was waiting for your comment on this. The day can now officially be started ^_^
      And yes, I do indulge in direction sometimes like I am these days 🙂

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      • AdiC April 4, 2015 / 2:04 am

        Oh my! Don’t flatter me so much *embarrassed* And that’s a good click there!

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  2. Hargun Wahi April 4, 2015 / 5:47 am

    Now it’s a blogger, actor and a director
    Let see what’s more to this list 🙂
    And this was a great portrayal of the man behind the theatre shows and movies & his hard work.
    Salute to the director!

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    • Prateek Kohli April 4, 2015 / 5:52 am

      Haha ! Talent is contagious. Will get better in your companionship. 🙂
      And thank you so much Hargun for these encouraging words. Certainly made my day 🙂

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  3. Trishalablogs April 4, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Beautifully and with precise brevity you have expressed the anxieties and the endeavor of a director. 🙂

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    • Prateek Kohli April 4, 2015 / 9:18 am

      So lovely of you to appreciate and letting me know. Thank you so much Trishala 🙂

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  4. scottishmomus April 4, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    I like the double meaning I read in this, we the actors, director omniscient. I’m happy to see he smiles at the efforts. 🙂

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    • Prateek Kohli April 4, 2015 / 12:08 pm

      He does indeed. A few glitches are bound to happen, without which it would be too boring and monotonous for us, right? 🙂
      Thank you so much for spending time with my thoughts. Really appreciate it 🙂

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      • scottishmomus April 4, 2015 / 12:10 pm

        You’re very welcome. I like when another poet happens along. 🙂

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      • Prateek Kohli April 4, 2015 / 12:13 pm

        Have just started learning to express in poetry. Your guidance and experience is always welcome. 🙂

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  5. kanika279 April 6, 2015 / 7:00 am

    Aptly described the emotions of a director before a performance. You are very talented. 🙂

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    • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 7:04 am

      Thank you so much Kanika for going through it and the appreciation. It means a lot 🙂

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  6. ShrutiInsights April 6, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Hey Prateek,
    Have you ever direvted a movie?
    Its like written from the core of the heart of a director. I say that because I have friend into this filed and he feels and experiences all of this.
    You are incredibly increble and fabulous!
    I can’t say more but the deepest realness you captured here.

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    • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 1:24 pm

      I feel difficult now to keep my feet on Earth! A few hours earlier I was spellbound by your writing skills and wondered how wonderful it would be to be able to think and write like this! Now the praise from you comes as the first rain after the drought! Thankyou thank you so so much! 🙂
      And I have tried my hand in short film-making at college level but not anything big. But have spent a major part of last 5 years acting and directing stage and street plays so have a slight taste of the life of a director 🙂

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      • ShrutiInsights April 6, 2015 / 1:26 pm

        Yes I see that!
        Great to know you’ve an insight into that world as well.
        And work quality knows no bundaries. No matter you’re new, you’re really good with writing meaningful relatable stuff:)
        Good Luck!

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      • Prateek Kohli April 6, 2015 / 1:47 pm

        Thank you once again! You have certainly made my day in more than one way today 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    • Prateek Kohli June 19, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Le Lo ! Le Lo ! Ek daam hai mem-sahab. Theek theek laga lo kehke sharminda matt karna.
      (going insane by the praises) 😀

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      • preetixd June 19, 2015 / 8:10 pm

        Hahahaha! Saman accha hai, bargaining nahi karenge 😛 Don’t worry.

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