Ivan Sylvester Rodrigues

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

Ivan Rodrigues
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Born
Ivan Rodrigues

(1968-11-23) 23 November 1968 (age 51)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActor
Years active2011 till present
Spouse(s)Andrea Rodrigues
ChildrenJeremiah Rodrigues

Early life and educationEdit

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. 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.

CareerEdit

In TheatreEdit

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 portryal 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 Kipphart) 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 FilmsEdit

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 SeriesEdit

He has acted in the following web series on Netflix, Amazon Prime, ITV, Alt Balaji, ZEE5 Premium 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 Beatiful S2 directed by Harsh Dedhia and Brochara directed by Simarpreet Singh.

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

In Voice Acting / VOsEdit

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 CompereEdit

 
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 dignataries. He has the ability to keep proceedings on track and to time, as well as shown some host humour. He has served as a Compere and MC for organizations such as Times Conferences (ET Edge), Dun & Bradstreet, Bloomberg, UBM & EC Council.

Speech and Drama WorkshopsEdit

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

FilmographyEdit

 
Paresh Rawal and Ivan Rodrigues in URI
 
Akshara Hassan and Ivan Rodrigues in Shamitabh

FilmsEdit

Title Director Role Year
Satyagraha Prakash Jha Channel Head 2013
Shamitabh R.Balki Anay Verma 2015
Kuch Kuch Locha Hai Devang Dholakia Mac Mundra
Dil Dhadakne Do Zoya Akhtar Dharmapala Sr.
Sultan Ali Abbas Zafar Mr.Patel 2016
Dear Zindagi Gauri Shinde VP Hotel
Commando 2 Deven Bhojani Mr.Kamath 2017
MOM Ravi Udyawar Principal
Jagga Jasoos Anurag Basu Mr. Ahuja
Tiger Zinda Hai Ali Abbas Zafar India's Ambassador to Iraq
Hichki Sidharth P. Malhotra Principal who didn't offer job to Naina 2018
Love Per Square Foot (Netflix) Anand Tiwari Noel Misquita
Armed (Short Film) Satishsrinivas Parankusam Dr. Murthy
Bioscopewala Deb Medhekar Airline Spokesperson
GOLD Reema Kagti Sports Official
Uri: The Surgical Strike Aditya Dhar Brian D'souza 2019
377 Ab Normal Faruk Kabir Lawyer Anand Grewal
Bharat Ali Abbas Zafar Gupta
Noblemen (Netflix) Vandana Kataria Deputy Headmaster
Upstarts (Netflix) Udai Singh Mathur Investor 3
Unmothered (Short Film) Urvashi Pathania Ankur 2020
Tryst With Destiny Prashant Nair Galava's Lawyer (Ivan) 2020

Web Series / TV SeriesEdit

Title Director Role Year
Samvidhaan – The Making of the Indian Constitution Shyam Benegal P. Subbarayan 2014
The Big Fat City (Hindi Cineplay on Netflix) Mahesh Dattani Kailash 2017
What The Folks - S1 Ruchir Arun Sunil
The Good Karma Hospital – S2 Alex Winckler Davinder Bakshi 2018
Official CEOgiri – S2 Samar Shaikh Vijay Talsania
What's Your Status Madhur Agarwal Bharat's Father
Better Life Foundation – S2 Debbie Rao Rajiv
The Final Call Vijay Lalwani Thakur 2019
Made in Heaven - S1 Alankrita Srivastava Priest
Abhay - S1 Ken Ghosh Channel Head
Medically Yourrs Abhijit Das Dean Dr. Komudhi Banerjee
Minus One Shubham Yogi Subhash
The Family Man - S1 Raj Nidimoru & Krishna D.K. CEO of INITEK
The Verdict - State vs Nanavati Shashant Shah Admiral Katari
Broken But Beautiful - S2 Harsh Dedhia Ahaan's Dad
Brochaara Simarpreet Singh Boss
Spot Dada (Amazon Audible) Riya Mukherjee Feroz Modi
It Happened In Calcutta Ken Ghosh Dr. Dasgupta 2020
Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain - S3 Abhijit Das Paritosh
SCAM 1992 - The Harshad Mehta Story Hansal Mehta Fortune India Edito
Lockdown Rishtey Abhijit Das Doctor

Films / Web Series / TV Series -Awaiting Release / Post Production / Shooting ForEdit

Film Director Role Year
Lips don't Lie - The Camouflage Madhur Agarwal Reporter 2020
Colour Black Anand Singh Ivan 2020
City Of Dreams - S2 Nagesh Kukonoor Nambiar 2020
Ezra Jay K Sanghvi 2020
Mumbai Saga Sanjay Gupta Journalist Sanjay Kumar Pandey 2020

PlaysEdit

The Chairs by Eugène Ionesco - Actor and Director.

Stale News by Badal Sircar - Actor and Director.

Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett - Actor.

The Fantasticks by Harvey Schmidt - Actor.

Procession by Badal Sircar - Actor

In The Matter Of J. Robert Oppenheimer - Actor.

The Public Eye by Peter Shaffer - Actor.

Holy River by Etienne Coutinho - Actor.

Animal Farm (George Orwell) by Arundhati Raja - Actor.

The Big Fat City by Mahesh Dattani - Actor.

The Scent Of A Man - Writer.

Date(d) - Actor.

Do You, I Do - Actor.

Languages knownEdit

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

Ivan TubeEdit

Ivan Tube Is Animated.

ReferencesEdit

  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.