Born to eminent theatre personalities - Lillete and Ravi Dubey - Ira Dubey always knew acting is her calling. She was only three when she first watched her mum perform on stage, and in her own words, “she was both mesmerised and mortified.” It was then that she decided to take baby steps towards theatre. Today, this 36-year-old is a theatre artiste, film actor, storyteller, and television host, loved by the Indian audience.
As a child, Ira had played the role of Sita in a rendition of the Ramayana, and went on to act, write and direct plays through high school. She was also actively involved with her aunt Lushin Dubey’s children’s theatre company, Kidsworld. Confident of taking the next step, she went on to pursue a major in Theatre Studies at Yale University.
Her versatility shines through in every character she plays on stage too - whether it is her solo act in Heather Raffo’s iconic play ‘9 parts of desire,’ or ‘Devika Rani,’ where Ira essays the role of the First Lady of Cinema.
Not one to shy away from experimenting, Ira has dabbled with mediums like films and web-series, and has earned critical and commercial appreciation for her work. Her appearances in films like 'The President is Coming', 'M Cream', and 'Dear Zindagi' and in the web series 'Parchayee' have left a lasting impact on the audience.
Ira is also an advocate of social issues, and is currently working on a crowdfunding initiative with ImpactGuru to help frontline health workers, during COVID-19.
MAKERS India spoke to Ira about her love for theatre, her plans of venturing into production, nepotism and the MeToo movement.
Interview by Geetika Sachdev, Edited by Venkatesh.