Recently, Ishwak Singh took a short break to reconnect with his theater roots, and admitted that his journey on stage has taught him to be a disciplined actor, and ensured that he somehow Take some time to stay connected.
Last month, the actor took a break from his work schedule to visit Delhi and meet the people of his Asmita group, where his first set of professional training in acting began.
“Theatre is very important. The discipline that I have learned and developed is from working on stage which was a while back. In the olden days, when I was actively doing plays, I understood a lot about acting , which I continue to apply and practice. It has helped me deal with different situations, schedules and has enabled me to collaborate with different directors.”
Talking about meeting his theater group, he said, “Working on stage is a great privilege and I did so for more than 8 years. That’s where I found my voice. The group does meaningful plays, socio political theater which exposed me to various aspects of performance, process and helped me acquire the discipline and mindset required of an actor.
In fact, he is always on the lookout for a chance to perform on stage in front of a live audience.
“If the pandemic had not happened, I would have definitely made a bunch of plays during this time, but I have been very busy with my shoots in the last two years. I would love to reconnect with theatre. It is not just performance theater but a discipline,” says the actor, who was last seen in the second season of Rocket Boys.
He finds being on stage liberating, as he says, “There’s something magical in performing in front of a live audience. There are opportunities to break the fourth wall and interact with the audience. I forget, sometimes we carry on a conversation.. It teaches you to be completely alone while surrounded by people, at the same time being mesmerized and engrossed with all of them.
Here, the actor claims that traditional theater continues to struggle in India because “there are not many auditoriums”. “Hats off to groups that swim against the tide, find opportunities and ways to perform and bring stories to audiences,” he concludes.