MIDLIFERS is a slice of (mid) life show, with interesting guests from all walks of life: actors, directors, musicians, investment bankers, foodies and more. The one thing they have in common-an earned space, through tedious and not so tedious years of living. You must be forty or above to qualify! It’s is a freewheeling chat format, where our guests get to rant, rave, reflect and ponder about their life, their choices, the moments of glory and the moments of pain. This wisdom is not one you will hear in any class room, as our guests share stories, anecdotes and incidents that life has thrown at them, as they explain every line, groove, wrinkle, grey hair and the tale behind them. We delve into regrets, realizations, rebellion, road not taken and the road ahead. Midlifers is hosted by Salone Mehta. With a training in Opera from The Julliard School of the Performing Arts, Salone has a background in radio, journalism, music and theatre. Salone currently resides in Mumbai with her husband and two boys and runs her theatre company, The Artistes Studio.
Uday Benegal is one of India’s most acclaimed and influential independent musicians. Best known as the frontman and creative force of the pioneering rock band Indus Creed and the acoustic pop trio Whirling Kalapas, Uday talks to Salone about the joy of turning grey, shedding baggage, why he prefers bikes to cars and how important it is to acknowledge the end of any relationship.Download
Dhruv Shrikent was a high-profile investment banker and Druv Kent is an internationally acclaimed musician. Fortunately, they are both the same guy. In 2013, Dhruv left the safe havens of Deutsche Bank and became a full-time musician. Salone in this candid chat explores the insecurities that come with the profession of being an artist and the cost of chasing your dreams.Download
Romi Purkayastha is a writer and blogger who eats and breathes food. She loves to travel and is known to arrange food walks and curate exotic lunches and dinners. A self-proclaimed Dal lover and a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, Romi took to stage a little later in her life. Salone and Romi in this heartfelt chat talk about what is it like to ‘arrive in life’ and the disappointments that come with it.Download
Joy Fernandes is an actor, director, writer and as Salone fondly likes to call him, a clown. Joy truly lives up to his name and is known for spreading happiness around. He detests classroom knowledge and believes in the wisdom that comes with experiences. Salone and Joy, in the second episode of Midlifers, access the comic and tragic sides of the same clown in all of us.Download
Quasar Thakore Padamsee is the son of legendary Alyque Padamsee. Theatre runs in his veins as much as chai does. Salone and Quasar explore the relationship he had with his late father, worldly wisdom that he inherited from him, how is 30s different from 40s and why Chai has more resonance than coffee in theatre.Download