Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ayushmann Khurrana extends support to theatre group

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.”

Should mainstream Bollywood films be included in film festivals?

HAPPY NEW YEAR, KICK, DHOOM 3, KRRISH 3, GABBAR IS BACK etc. are some of the typical Bollywood mainstream movies with ample does of romance, action, comedy and of course melodious music. Though these movies are the favorite of the masses and generate huge money at the box office but the fact is its makers feel a pinch when they are ignored at film festivals and the so called parallel cinema wins all the raves and laurels. 

Filmmaker Kabir Khan, who is known for making both hard hitting ‘art’ films like KABUL EXPRESS and equally powerful commercial hit films like BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN, feels that there should not be prejudice against mainstream cinema and commercially movies shouldn't be ignored at such film festivals.

Elated at the inclusion of his latest super hit commercial movie BAJRANGI BHAIJAAN both at the esteemed Busan International Film Festival in South Korea last month and now at the 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, he said, “I strongly believe that when you are selecting movies for film festivals they definitely should be excellent films but I differ on the opinion that only parallel cinema should be welcomed while commercial cinema ignored.”

“I think today Bollywood is making really good cinema and the line between art cinema and commercial cinema is fast blurring. Hence I don't think there should be prejudice against mainstream cinema,” he added. 

True indeed! A look at some of the movies made in recent years like 3 IDIOTS, BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG, BARFI, VICKY DONOR, KAHAANI, ROCKSTAR, ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA, GANGS OF WASSEYPUR, QUEEN, BAAHUBALI - THE BEGINNING, PIKU etc. have prove beyond doubt that Indian cinema is fast reinventing and young filmmakers like Anurag Kashyap, Rajkumar Hirani, Kabir Khan, Anurag Basu, Imtiaz Ali, Vikas Bahl, Shoojit Sircar, Sujoy Ghosh, Zoya Akhtar, S.S.Rajamouli etc. are taking Indian cinema to dizzy heights. 

That’s the reason the Hollywood cinema, considered as the ‘Mecca of Cinema’ too is going gaga over Indian cinema. 

Recently Hollywood superstar Daniel Craig, the famous spy in James Bond series admitted that he loves the merriment, music and thrill of Bollywood. He said, “Yes! I have watched Bollywood movies and they are fabulous. The exuberance, the life, the celebration, which Bollywood movies showcase, that’s what movies are about really and that is exactly what we present in Bond movie!”