The gap between theatre and Bollywood is reducing with each passing second. Bollywood has come to realize that they are falling sort of good scripts, actors and writers and are desperately in need to keep the hunger of audience satisfied. The taste of audience has changed over time and people are more into quality acting then useless melodrama and good strong story line rather then the same old ragged love story that is played in every third Bollywood flick. Theatre has come to rescue Bollywood with its technically sensible and quality rich gyaan.
Actors such as Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Anupam Kher, Irrfan Khan, Boman Irani. Randeep Hooda and Amrita Puri hail from the theatre schools. These actors have balanced theatre and Bollywood in perfect balance. Anupam Kher credits theatre for his successful acting career in Bollywood and his remarkable acting in Khosla Ka Ghosla, A Wednesday, Saaransh and Chhodo Kal Ki Baatein. He believes that theater actors are adding authenticity to the roles in the movies. Irrfan Khan is the new rising star on the horizon with movies like The Namesake, Slumdog Millionaire, Maqbool and Paan Singh Tomar. These actors have proved that theatre is not only meant for stage but also for the big screen.
Not only are theatre actors ruling the Bollywood but also scripts from theatre are in huge demand in Bollywood. Movies such as Maqbool, Omkara, Angoor, The Last Lear, All The Best, OMG and Gandhi My Father have been inspired by theatrical plays. Omkara is taken from Shakespeare’s play Othello and All The Best is inspired from a Marathi play Pati Sagle Uchapati. The reason theatrical scripts are being adapted so much in Bollywood is because of the quality of thought process and the authenticity of the script when it comes to connecting with the audience.
Theatre is showing its presence in the Bollywood film industry and has put it well across that they are here to stay and the future is theirs.