September 15, 2006
Volume 34
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'Sweetie' from Bombay Dreams talks to SGN about his character and the show
'Sweetie' from Bombay Dreams talks to SGN about his character and the show
by Rajkhet Dirzhud-Rashid - SGN A&E Writer

If you love Bollywood as much as I do - I still think 'Bride and Predjudice' is one of the best, most deliciously colorful films I've ever seen - then you'll undoubtedly be in the audience for 5th Avenue Theatre's opener, Bombay Dreams. And if you are in that audience, you'll be watching Aneesh Sheth, who plays 'Sweetie', a principle character in the musical. Sheth, who is here to do the show, chatted a bit about the upcoming show and how thrilled he is to be doing a character that gives audiences a chance to see a different kind of role.

"Sweetie is a eunuch and, going back and forth to India, I see these characters a lot. It was a part of my growing up there. People think it's a stretch for me to play 'Sweetie', but you just have to see her as a person, not the clown she's supposed to be," said Sheth.

He added, when I asked about the pronoun 'she' that he used, that eunuchs are considered women, and that in a way he considered his character transgender. Now there's something you don't see on mainstream stages in this town too often, right?

And when asked how he became interested in acting, Sheth answered that when he and his parents moved to the U.S. from India when he was five, they took him to the theater. "I became inspired by these opportunities and studied theater in college," said Sheth.

I also asked what his favorite role is that he hasn't done. The answer came back quickly. "If I was on Broadway, I'd like to be in Rent," he said with a certain confidence in his voice that makes me think that'll happen someday soon.

For now, when he's not doing musicals like Bombay Dreams, he's planning to be working on an independent film, which is being filmed in New York and Jersey City. "It deals with abuse of Trans and Gay/Lesbian tenants in an apartment building," said Sheth.

He added that he feels Hollywood is starting, since the success of films like Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica to portray GLBT people with more realism on film. He said he'd like to do more film in the future, but, for now, nothing excites him more than doing theater.

So, what does he do for 'down time'? "When we're not doing a show, we focus on going to the gym, taking care of our bodies, and getting rest. When I'm not on the road, I pretty much focus on social things," he said.

And, for the record, he's single and he said though he's not actively looking, he's open to the possibility of anything.

Bombay Dreams runs at the 5th Avenue Theatre from September 12th, through October 1st.

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