e4mChillout: Theatre actor, fun-loving father, experimental cook: Some of the many faces of Rohit Malkani

The Executive Creative Director at Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi moonlights as a theatre artist and his 8-year-old daughter has taken after him already

e4m by Venkata Susmita Biswas
Updated: Sep 9, 2017 8:13 AM

What are weekends for if not for frolicking with family and doting on daughters? For Rohit Malkani, weekends are just that - quality father-daughter time. An Executive Creative Director at Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi, Malkani moonlights as a theatre artist and his 8-year-old daughter has taken after him already.

“Weekends, especially Saturdays, are all about my daughter. We typically go out for a movie, grab a bite outside, or go for a drive to Lonavala and back and do play-acting which is an activity we enjoy doing together,” he says. His daughter has a box full of play-acting costumes and they don a new costume every weekend and create new stories. The most curious among them being the “Piggy Pirates,” where both father and daughter are pigs who are pirates.

Malkani has been performing on the stage since he was a 13-year-old and continues to perform in at least one production every year. While Malkani has not been able to find the time to write for theatre in several years, he has been active on the Mumbai theatre scene by performing regularly every year. “Theatre is my biggest passion. Rehearsals for a show typically last 40 days. So, for those 40 days in a year, I make sure I leave work by 5.30 p.m for rehearsals. Theatre is how I de-stress,” he says. Malkani has worked with The Action Players (India’s only company of deaf actors,) The Actor’s Company and Red Curtain in Calcutta, ART (Artists Repertory Theatre), Arjun Sajnani’s Theatre Arts in Bangalore, Q Theatre Productions and the Industrial Theatre Company. The most recent production he was part of was 12 Angry Jurors (Rage Productions, Aadyam Theatre,) an adaptation of 12 Angry Men.

If Saturdays are all about fun and activities, On Sundays Malkani recharges for the week ahead with brunch outside. A self-confessed foodie, Malkani and his wife begin their Sunday by looking up Zomato for recommendations of new and exciting dining options. “Every Sunday is about exploring a new place in Mumbai. We find a new trending place to hit on Sunday morning and head there,” he says.

When the two of them are not referring to Zomato, they invite friends over and rustle up something for brunch. “We both cook but not together, because we do not get along well in the kitchen!” he says. Being a foodie means one does not discriminate with what they eat and Malkani takes that a step further and says he is comfortable cooking any cuisine. “Cooking is almost cathartic for me, it’s when I de-stress,” he says. Malkani is not one to refer to a cookbook while he cooks. At these lunches, Malkani sometimes creates his own interpretations of a recipe he has read or seen on Masterchef. “My wife and I have been cooking for so long that all the recipes are in the head. It is always interesting to make your own interpretations,” he concludes.

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