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‘Art is like fine wine, the older it gets, the better it becomes,’ says Saurabh Shukla

The acclaimed play, 2 To Tango, 3 To Jive completed its 100th show at Tata Theatre, NCPA, on May 20.

art and culture Updated: Jul 16, 2017 08:32 IST
Rajany Pradhan
Rajany Pradhan
Hindustan Times
2 To Tango 3 To Jive,Saurabh Shukla,Mona Wasu
Actor Saurabh Shukla in a still from the play, 2 To Tango, 3 To Jive.(HT Photo)


Actor Saurabh Shukla surely has a reason to celebrate. His acclaimed play, 2 To Tango, 3 To Jive, completed its 100th show at Tata Theatre, NCPA, on May 20. Shukla, who has directed the play and also plays a prominent role in it, calls it a “satisfactory and fulfilling journey”, especially because of the “love and affection” it has received from the audience from around the world.

Shukla says, “It’s amazing how the play has matured over the years. It took close to four years to reach the 100th show. Art is like fine wine, the older it gets, the better it becomes. And it’s the same with the play. The play is funny, it’s a comedy but what I really like about the play is that it has something to say, which resonates with your own life and you take something back home. It keeps people thinking.”

Talking about how in previous times, it was impossible to even imagine a play doing 100 shows, Shukla says, “In 2015, we had celebrated the 50th show, and here we are celebrating the 100th show. I’m from the Delhi theatre circuit, and I had never heard or seen a play completing 100 shows back then, especially a Hinglish play. So yes, it’s certainly a new high for me and the team.”

Saurabh Shukla and Mona Wasu enacting a scene from the play. (HT Photo)

Recently, 2 To Tango, 3 To Jive was staged in USA, where it received an amazing response from the audience. Shukla says, “It was amazing. We had great fun. I had expected a good response from the audience in the US, but what we got was overwhelming. They had questions after the show and experiences to share, which were similar to the play characters. It has motivated the team to take the play to new places around the globe.”

Talking about their future plans, the actor-director says, “Our production house is now planning a second USA tour later this year. On July 1, we have a show in Dubai for the ICAI Dubai chapter.”

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First Published: May 22, 2017 14:33 IST