Ivan Sylvester Rodrigues

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Ivan Rodrigues
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Born
Ivan Rodrigues

(1968-11-23) 23 November 1968 (age 52)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor
Years active2011 till present
Spouse(s)Andrea Rodrigues
ChildrenJeremiah Rodrigues

Ivan Rodrigues (born 23 November 1968) is a polyglot film and theatre actor based in Mumbai, India.

Early life and education[edit]

Ivan was born on 23 November 1968 in Mumbai to Robert and Nancy Rodrigues. His parents though were born and brought up in Mangalore, Karnataka, before they moved to Mumbai.

Ivan was involved in school and parish plays. He made his debut in professional theatre with the musical Godspell directed by Joel Furtado and staged by St. Michael's Parish, Mahim. He completed his SSC from St. Michael's High School, Mahim in 1984 standing second in his school.

He graduated in Commerce from Sydenham College in 1989 and then did his MBA in Marketing from S.P. Jain in 1991.

After working for 19 years as a senior marketing professional in the corporate world, he quit his job in 2009 to follow his passion for acting full-time.

Career[edit]

In Theatre[edit]

It was in his final year in Sydenham College, where he won the awards for Best Play, Best Director and Best Actor for the play The Chairs written by Eugène Ionesco at the prestigious Dr. S. K. Muranjan intra-college competition in 1989. It was at this competition that Mr. Dandavate, who was the then Chairman of the NCPA, invited Ivan to stage The Chairs at the Little Theatre, NCPA. The play received rave reviews in the press at that time.

"A difficult play to tackle even for professionals, much more so for students, Ivan Rodrigues who also directs, did well to keep the pace brisk and the action taut. So convincing was their portrayal of old age that for a moment it was a jolt to see them smiling and straightbacked offstage". – Meher Pestonji, Sunday Mid-Day, 2 April 1989.

"Only a brave person would have anything to do with THE CHAIRS. Over two decades ago Vijaya Mehta presented it and now Ivan Rodrigues has brought it back. He chose the play because he found it difficult to understand at the first reading. Many rehearsals later he has put up a commendable effort. Both the actors retain the arthritic image from start to finish, drawing the viewer into the vortex of their grey life". – Teresa Viju James, The Indian Post, 29 March 1989.

"The Chairs is a play which extracts that bit of extra energy and talent from the actor. Its success depends a great deal on this aspect. In Ivan Rodrigues and Nilufer Charna, Bombay theatre has discovered two young talented actors with great potential. Both Ivan and Nilufer excelled, their voices and facial expressions picking up the cues from where the other had left, to give us phases of poetry in theatre. It only goes to prove that nothing can replace genuine talent". – Suma Josson, The Sunday Observer, 2 to 8 April 1989.

Since then Ivan has acted in several professional productions and has performed at venues all over India. Some of these include:

Ivan Rodrigues and Ramu Ramanathan during a rehearsal of 'Krapp's Last Tape'

The Fantasticks, a musical play (music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones) directed by Janak Toprani and Nandu Bhende, Krapp's Last Tape (Samuel Beckett) directed by Ramu Ramanathan, In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Hinar Kipphardt) directed by Janak Toprani, The Public Eye (Peter Shaffer) directed by Janak Toprani, Final Solutions, written and directed by Mahesh Dattani, Animal Farm (George Orwell), a musical play directed by Arundhati Raja, Holy River (an Indo-British production), directed by Etienne Coutinho and The Big Fat city,[1] written and directed by Mahesh Dattani. He has also written AGP World's The Scent of a Man.[2][3][4]

He has also worked with young directors on experimental plays – like Raul Valmiki in The Date(d) and Megha Burman in Do You, I Do.[5]

Over the years, his acting has been much appreciated by audiences and critics alike. Some excerpts.

"Apart from the adaptation, the high point of the production is the sound effects, both on and off the stage. Offstage you hear a bottle corking, liquid poured, the clink of crockery and the wheezing of a man in a hurry to get his drink. Ivan Rodrigues makes an excellent elder Krapp with shuffling feet, sharp bark like cries and semi-silent chuckles, enslaved to the clanging alarm clock slung around his neck". Review of Krapp's Last Tape by Meher Pestonji in the Mid-Day dated 4 August 1989.

"The highlight of the evening was Ivan Rodrigues' remarkable performance as the old Krapp. Slow and deliberate, never letting his concentration slip, perfectly in character whether excited or vacant, he breathes life into the play". – Review of Krapp's Last Tape by Kamala Ramchandani in The Indian Post dated 22 November 1989.

"Krapp played by Ivan Rodrigues touches the heart. The director does not see him as a comical figure but a futuristic one; spools of tape hanging out of the innards of his tape deck, the floor strewn with debris, the lights low in this each-man-for-himself world. Rodrigues has all the decrepitude of Krapp, shuffling and enfeebled, body racked by paroxysms of pain brought on by recalling the past, yet not without an ability to laugh manically at himself". Review of Krapp's Last Tape by Nandini Bhaskaran in The Independent dated 17 November 1989.

In Films[edit]

Since 2013, he has acted in the following Bollywood films:[6] Satyagraha directed by Prakash Jha, Shamitabh directed by R. Balki, Dil Dhadakne Do directed by Zoya Akhtar, Bharat, Tiger Zinda Hai & Sultan directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Dear Zindagi directed by Gauri Shinde, Commando 2 directed by Deven Bhojani, MOM directed by Ravi Udyawar, Jagga Jasoos directed by Anurag Basu, Hichki directed by Sidharth P. Malhotra, Love Per Square Foot directed by Anand Tiwari, Bioscopewala directed by Deb Medhekar, Gold directed by Reema Kagti, URI:The Surgical Strike directed by Aditya Dhar, Noblemen directed by Vandana Kataria and Upstarts directed by Udai Singh Pawar.

In Web Series[edit]

He has acted in the following TV and web series on Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITV, Alt Balaji, Disney Hotstar, ZEE5 Premium, Sony Liv and You Tube: What The Folks S1 directed by Ruchir Arun, The Good Karma Hospital S2 directed by Alex Winckler, Official CEOgiri directed by Samar Sheikh, What's Your Status directed by Madhur Agarwal, The Final Call directed by Vijay Lalwani, Made in Heaven directed by Alankrita Srivastava, Abhay directed by Ken Ghosh, Medically Yourrs directed by Abhijit Das, The Verdict: State vs Nanavati directed by Shashant Shah, Minus One directed by Shubham Yogi, The Family Man directed by Raj Nidhimoru and Krishna D.K., Broken But Beautiful S2 directed by Harsh Dedhia, Brochara directed by Simarpreet Singh, It Happened in Calcutta directed by Ken Ghosh, Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain S3 directed by Abhijit Das and SCAM 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story directed by Hansal Mehta.

Over the years, Ivan has gained popularity amongst the youth for featuring in several Filter Copy, Dice Media and Arré web sketches on You Tube.

In Voice Acting / VOs[edit]

He is a professional Voice Over Actor and has lent his voice to several TVCs and Corporate AVs. He has also voiced for the character of Feroze Modi in Amazon's audible Spot Dada directed by Riya Mukherjee.

As Compere[edit]

Ivan Rodrigues compering a Dun and Bradstreet event

Ivan's background as a senior management professional helps bring insight into the pulse of the audience and the profiled speakers and dignitaries. He has the ability to keep proceedings on track and to time, as well as keep things light. He has been a Compere and MC for corporate events organized by conference producers such as Times Conferences (ET Edge), Dun & Bradstreet, Bloomberg, UBM & EC Council.

Speech and Drama Workshops[edit]

Ivan regularly conducts speech and drama workshops for school children and corporates.

Filmography[edit]

Akshara Hassan and Ivan Rodrigues in Shamitabh

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2013 Satyagraha Channel Head Prakash Jha
2015 Shamitabh Anay Verma R.Balki
2015 Kuch Kuch Locha Hai Mac Mundra Devang Dholakia
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do Dharmapala Sr. Zoya Akhtar
2016 Sultan Mr.Patel Ali Abbas Zafar
2016 Dear Zindagi VP Hotel Gauri Shinde
2017 Commando 2 Mr.Kamath Deven Bhojani
2017 MOM Principal Ravi Udyawar
2017 Jagga Jasoos Mr. Ahuja Anurag Basu
2017 Tiger Zinda Hai India's Ambassador to Iraq Ali Abbas Zafar
2018 Hichki Principal Sidharth P. Malhotra
2018 Love Per Square Foot Noel Misquita Anand Tiwari Platform Netflix
2018 Armed Dr. Murthy Satishsrinivas Parankusam Short Film
2018 Bioscopewala Airline Spokesperson Deb Medhekar
2018 Gold Sports Official Reema Kagti
2019 Uri: The Surgical Strike Brian D'souza Aditya Dhar
2019 377 Ab Normal Lawyer Anand Grewal Faruk Kabir Platform Zee5
2019 Bharat Gupta Ali Abbas Zafar
2019 Noblemen Deputy Headmaster Vandana Kataria Platform Netflix
2019 Upstarts Investor 3 Udai Singh Mathur Platform Netflix
2020 Unmothered (Short Film) Ankur Urvashi Pathania
2021 Mumbai Saga Journalist Sanjay Kumar Pandey Sanjay Gupta

Web Series / TV Series[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
2014 Samvidhaan – The Making of the Indian Constitution P. Subbarayan Shyam Benegal
2017 The Big Fat City Kailash Mahesh Dattani Hindi Cineplay on Netflix
2017 What The Folks - Season 1 Sunil Ruchir Arun
2018 The Good Karma Hospital - Season 2 Davinder Bakshi Alex Winckler
2018 Official CEOgiri - Season 2 Vijay Talsania Samar Shaikh Platform Arré
2018 What's Your Status Bharat's Father Madhur Agarwal
2018 Better Life Foundation - Season 2 Rajiv Debbie Rao
2019 The Final Call Thakur Vijay Lalwani Platform Zee5
2019 Made in Heaven - Season 1 Priest Alankrita Srivastava Platform Prime Video
2019 Abhay - Season 1 Channel Head Ken Ghosh Platform Zee5
2019 Medically Yourrs Dean Dr. Komudhi Banerjee Abhijit Das Platform Alt Balaji
2019 Minus One Subhash Shubham Yogi
2019 The Family Man - Season 1 CEO of INITEK Raj Nidimoru & Krishna D.K. Platform Prime Video
2019 The Verdict - State vs Nanavati Admiral Katari Shashant Shah Platform Alt Balaji
2019 Broken But Beautiful - Season 2 Ahaan's Dad Harsh Dedhia Platform Alt Balaji
2019 Brochaara - Season 1 Boss Simarpreet Singh
2019 Spot Dada Feroz Modi Riya Mukherjee Amazon Audible
2020 It Happened In Calcutta Dr. Dasgupta Ken Ghosh Platform Alt Balaji
2020 Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain - Season 3 Paritosh Abhijit Das Platform Alt Balaji
2020 SCAM 1992 - The Harshad Mehta Story Fortune India Editor Hansal Mehta Platform SonyLIV
2020 Lockdown Rishtey Doctor Abhijit Das
2020 Lips Don't Lie Reporter Madhur Agarwal

Films / Web Series / TV Series -Awaiting Release / Post Production / Shooting For[edit]

Film Director Role Year
Colour Black Anand Singh Ivan 2021
City Of Dreams - S2 Nagesh Kukonoor Nambiar 2021
Ezra Jay K Sanghvi 2021
Tryst With Destiny Prashant Nair Ivan - Galava's Lawyer 2021
Dial 100 Rensil D'silva Mehrs 2021
Culture Vulture Sudhish Kamath Pai 2021

Plays[edit]

Title Playwright Role Notes
The Chairs Eugène Ionesco Actor and Director
Stale News Badal Sircar Actor and Director
Krapp's Last Tape Samuel Beckett Actor
The Fantasticks Harvey Schmidt Actor
Procession Badal Sircar Actor
In The Matter Of J. Robert Oppenheimer Heinar Kipphardt Actor
The Public Eye Peter Shaffer Actor
Holy River Etienne Coutinho Actor
Animal Farm (George Orwell) Arundhati Raja Actor
The Big Fat City Mahesh Dattani Actor [7][8]
The Scent Of A Man Ivan Rodrigues (self) Writer [9][10]
Date(d) Actor
Do You, I Do Actor

Languages[edit]

Ivan is well-versed in English, Hindi, Marathi & Konkani.

Ivan Tube[edit]

Ivan Tube is animated.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Big Fat City play review , English play review - www.MumbaiTheatreGuide.com". mumbaitheatreguide.com.
  2. ^ "Ashvin Gidwani's 'The Scent of A Man' touches sensitive cords of long-term relationships in lighter notes". 6 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Crossword hosts a Play Reading of Ashvin Gidwani's 'The Big Fat City'".
  4. ^ "The Scent of a Man English Play/Drama - www.MumbaiTheatreGuide.com". mumbaitheatreguide.com.
  5. ^ "Do You? I Do!". insider.in.
  6. ^ "Ivan Rodrigues". IMDb.
  7. ^ "India's First Black Comedy to be staged in Mumbai - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  8. ^ "'The Big Fat City' is about subtle dark humour - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Lust and lies can be fun - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Theatre review: The Scent Of A Man - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 November 2020.