After Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Swami’, Girish Karnad is much in demand as a ‘character actor’ in commercial Hindi cinema. But he first made his mark as a playwright (‘Tughlaq’, ‘Hayavadana’) and as one of the pioneers of the new cinema
movement in Karnataka. Karnad maintains =his varied involvement in theatre and cinema— as a writer, an actor and a film-maker.
He has just written his fifth play and is planning to begin work on his next feature film.