State Times NewsJAMMU: Splendid theatre, film and television actor Saurabh Shukla brightened Natrang’s International Theatre Talk show live on its Facebook Page on Saturday.With his wit, conviction and flamboyance, Saurabh engaged and enlightened the global audience about his vision of theatre in a magnificent interaction with Aarushi Thakur Rana. Introducing Saurabh Shukla, Natrang’s senior artist Neeraj Kant informed that Saurabh started doing serious theatre in 1986 with roles in noted plays.In 1991, he joined NSD Repertoire Company as an actor and soon got his first break in Bollywood when Shekhar Kapur, impressed with his work, created a role for him in ‘Bandit Queen’.Shukla also did the role of Vijay Anand’s sidekick ‘Gopi’ in the 1994 Doordarshan crime drama ‘Tehkikaat’. He also wrote and acted in Zee TV’s 9 Malabar Hill. In an interaction, Saurabh narrated his humble journey from being an instinctive actor to an accomplished and multifaceted artist.When he started doing theatre, he recalls nostalgically that, though acting was not generating money for him but he used to feel a unique satisfaction from it and the feeling was just like a dream to him.A rational thinker, Saurabh felt that the economics of theatre is not so rewarding and the sustainability of theatre and theatre artists is a real complex issue and a large number of theatre practitioners are surviving just because of their sheer passion and commitment to the field. Speaking about acting, he suggested that ‘If you want to be a complete actor, you have to know about all the elements and associated arts, theatre is not a singular art, it is an amalgamation of all arts and an actor should have a sense and understanding of everything. Theatre for him is a versatile art which gives freedom to do and learn many things. He also suggested actors to write as writing is imagination and imagination is what is required to become an actor.He suggested that rather than finding theory or philosophy of life, just live a human life.Speaking about the scope of theatre, he brilliantly asserts that theatre is supposed to do everything that life is supposed to do, theatre is life, so live it.Giving a suggestive distinction between theatre and films, Saurabh said that it is not wise to label some medium as purest and the other as less pure, films have their own culture and purity, there is great work in cinema, moreover art is art, medium of expression may be different.Those who are coordinating this mega online event include Anil Tickoo, Neeraj Kant, Suresh Kumar, Sanjeev Gupta, Vikrant Sharma, Sumeet Sharma, Aarushi Thakur Rana, Mohd. Yaseen, Gauri Thakur, Rahul Singh and Pankush Verma.
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