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Saurabh Shukla makes a successful comeback to theatre with Two to tango,Three to jive

Written by Goyal Divya | Published:August 27, 2013 5:28 am

It was to a rousing applause that the cast of the play Two to tango,Three to jive took a bow,as curtains fell on the play’s Punjab tour. After a show that went houseful in Ludhiana,the play was staged in Chandigarh on Sunday evening. For actor-director Saurabh Shukla,who has made his successful return to theatre after 18 years with the play,it’s been well worth the wait.

“My comeback to theatre has been most satisfying. I think the real actor inside me has come out again,” said Shukla. The actor has earned himself rave reviews recently with films such as Barfi and Jolly LLB.

Playing a middle-class man comes easy to Shukla who essays the role of a restauranteur going through mid-life crisis. A bilingual play,it presented on stage the monotonous life of the physically unattractive businessman who thinks that an extramarital affair can bring back the lost charm in his life. Shukla

delivered the punches with perfect timing. He was ably supported by a team of experienced and well-known television actors — Achint Kaur,Sadiya Siddique and Preeti Mamgain.

“The name of the play explains our idea behind it. Tango is a dance form that explores the chemistry between two people,and when a third person enters,life becomes a jive,a wild dance form. The play is about a man who keeps searching for a perfect partner for that extra relationship but his search ends at his home,” said Shukla,who has written the play as well.

The actor’s expressions and gestures,and his body language in playing an overweight,funny and easy-going Parminder Sethi,and at the same time,a man who actually does not want to betray his wife,was worth applauding. Siddique who was last seen on television playing a daring teacher in Balika Vadhu,stepped into the role of a bubbly,extrovert girl Rinky with ease.

“In my recent roles on television,I moved towards more mature characters but Rinky brought the fun back,” said Siddique. Achint Kaur was a good choice for the role of an independent,straightforward woman while Preeti Mamgain played the gloomy character of Savita well. The writer of serials such as Bade Acche Lagte Hain and Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi,Mamgain said that acting is as integral a part of her life as writing and she would continue to be seen doing both.

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