National Film Award-winning actor Saurabh Shukla has done numerous shows on stage but says it’s wrong to think that people who have done theatre are better actors.
In 2012, the ‘Jolly LLB’ actor returned to the stage after 18 years with the comedy-drama play ‘2 To Tango, 3 To Jive’. His other play, ‘Barff’, has also entertained audiences in different parts of the country.
Asked if actors with a theatre background are better than those who have never done plays, Saurabh told IANS over the phone from Mumbai: “It’s a very delicate question and the answer has to be understood rightly. It’s not true that if you’ve done theatre… you will be a better actor.
“Even without theatre, you can be a good actor. Acting is all about your world view and how you express it.”
He feels like everything in life, people need to practice their craft and theatre provides more opportunities for this.
“When you go to a film’s shoot, your responsibility is to deliver on Day One because people start shooting from that day itself. You can’t try and figure out what’s going on and how to make it better on the set. Whereas theatre… what it does is… before D-day, which is the show day, you practice for months. That gives you ample time to figure out.”
“People who have done theatre, they get to practice a lot in their craft. So when they come to movies, it is slightly easier for them to apply whereas if you have not done theatre and you are absolutely fresh, then on a film’s set you will try and figure out,” he said.