Sanjeev Kumar, Shabana Azmi, Nasseruddin Shah, Shah Ruk Khan…
Wanna guess what is common in them? Well, besides being popular Bollywood actors all these stalwarts have began their careers from theatre.
In fact besides these veterans many actors in Bollywood have their roots in theatre like Irrfan Khan, Manoj BajpaI, Om PurI, Rajpal Yadav etc. (The list is long) but the tragedy is that after success in Bollywood many of these actors in the mad rush to mint money desert theatre. This is probably the major reason why theatre, despite producing such versatile actors is still in doldrums and gasping for survival.
Recently Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is riding high thanks to his hit films VICKY DONOR and DUM LAGA KE HAISHA has however come to the rescue of theatre.
In his little bit to give back to theatre he will seen supporting a theatre group in a TV reality show ‘Deal Or No Deal’ on & TV. The program is hosted by popular Bollywood and TV actor Ronit Roy.
Briefing media about the reason why he has extended support to theatre group Thespo that organizes workshops and theatre fests across India, Ayushmann Khurrana said, “Today whatever I am I owe my success to theatre because I have developed my acting skills and nuances of an actor from theatre.”
He added, “Hence to return back to theatre I have played the game to donate all the money to the theatre group Thespo to support theatre since it is theatre that has nurtured me to grow as an actor.”