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Theatre first love, says Tiger Zinda Hai actor

If you are a film buff and have been watching prominent movies released in last two years, there is no chance you would have missed appreciating actor Kumud Mishra.

lucknow Updated: Feb 02, 2018 14:26 IST
Deep Saxena
Kumud has been balancing his first love, theatre, which has brought him to Lucknow three times in last two months.
Kumud has been balancing his first love, theatre, which has brought him to Lucknow three times in last two months.(HT Photo)

If you are a film buff and have been watching prominent movies released in last two years, there is no chance you would have missed appreciating actor Kumud Mishra.

While his latest is Tiger Zinda Hai, where he plays RAW operative, the actor also played a prominent role in films such as MS Dhoni, Sultan, Airlift, Rustom, Rock On2 and Jolly LLB2.

Despite his hands full with films, Kumud has been balancing his first love, theatre, which has brought him to Lucknow three times in last two months.

In a free-wheeling conversation with HT City, the actor talks about his theatre, films and his journey.

Excerpts:

How do you balance films and plays?

I am working in different ‘vidha’ (streams) and both have their own ‘sukh’ (pleasure). Theatre is my first love and that is continuing, without any break, which is very satisfying for me. I have been lucky that a few good films have come my way. The scripts were good and they were commercially successful and were with big stars. It was a great combination. I will simply put it like this: Accha samay chal raha hai aur main us samay ka hissa hoon. (It’s a good phase and I am a part of it)

We saw you in different roles in some top-line films?

I believe two roles are never similar. Like, I played cop in few films such as Badlapur, Jolly LLB2 and a forthcoming film but all have been different. I try to portray every role differently and make an extra effort for it. Also, the scripts that have come to me were brilliantly written. Thankfully, now days besides hero-heroine emphasis are also given to characters.

You are working since ’90s. Tell us about your journey?

I belong to Rewa (MP). I have been in Mumbai for last 20 years and have been doing theatre since 1987 after I passed school. From 1991 to 1994 I was in National School of Drama and so was doing theatre every day. It has limited audience while cinema has wider reach. Masses have started recognizing due to films and if that helps us in theatre then it is good.

So, the struggle has been long?

There is nothing call struggle in this field. I have chosen acting and it’s a learning process for me. When we do theatre we know about its limitations and learn to live with the limited source. I was doing TV to run my home and theatre for satisfaction. I always wanted to do theatre and that’s what I like doing. Cinema happened as I was in Mumbai and my films worked and I am enjoying that too but I won’t do it at the cost of theatre. For play, Muktidhaam, we rehearsed for 1.5 month and now we are doing a long tour for which I said no to two films but then it’s ok for me.

You are enjoying acting. Any other hats you wish to wear?

Acting is what I know and will keep doing that. I have formed our theatre group D For Drama in Mumbai and have produced some plays. Our next play will be directed by Abhishek (Majumdar).

You have been frequent to Lucknow?

Yes, this time it has been back-to-back plays. In December, I did Bali Aur Shambhu and Dhumrapaan. Now, it’s Abhishek’s play (Muktidhaam) in Lucknow on Friday. I have been consistently coming to the city and we get lot of love there. It has a good theatre loving audience.

What’s next on card?

My next release is Aiyaari in which I play army personnel. Besides, I am again trying to lose weight for the release of film Ram Singh Charlie. It has been directed by National Award winning director (Filmistaan) Nitin Kakkar. During its shoot I lost 24 kgs weight so I again need to slim down for its promotion.