The Asian Age – Back to Basics

Saurabh Shukla has given Bollywood some memorable performances to cherish, with films like Satya, Barfi! and Jolly LLB  but few are aware of his prowess on stage. The actor has had a successful stint as a playwright, director and stage actor in Delhi before he gave it all up to work with filmmaker Shekhar Kapoor. The versatile actor is all set to perform in the city today with his play Barff.  Speaking about his first love — the stage — he says, “I started with it. It fascinated me from the beginning, but cinema has given me a lot of gratification too. Whenever I get a chance in between my films, I explore the medium again.”

Barff, set against the backdrop of Kashmir, was initially meant to be a film, he shares. “Barff’s story fascinated me a lot. It is the story of a doctor who is to treat somebody but realizes that it’s not just treatment. There is more to this person. I wrote it as a film initially and later converted it to a play. There is an element of danger and mistrust in the play and therefore Kashmir as a setting fit the bill perfectly.”

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