Whether you have watched it, or waiting to watch it or heard about its impact from friends – Kingdom of Dream’s ‘Jhumroo’ is one show where you can actually say that everybody involved – right from the lead stars to the supporting cast – had fun creating it, so much so that it reflects in viewers’ opinion, reactions and willingness to match steps with the crew. The amazing Bollywood musical – packed with retro feel, stunning props and the much-needed bling - is solely and completely about legendary singer Kishore Kumar.
‘Jhumroo, Jhoomo, Nacho Gao’, may have been launched in 2012, but it continues to captivate the audience with its peppy music, special effects, and the engaging tale of a simpleton who falls for a girl. When we watched the special show of ‘Jhumroo’ staged to commemorate the successful completion of its four years, it didn’t appear the same at all. With some interesting modifications, the show – which excels as a love story – stays true to its tagline ‘Jhoomo! Nacho! Gao!’ and leaves the viewers doing exactly.
Sounding upbeat about the thumping success of the show, Anshuman Jha, who plays the unworldly wise Bhola, says live theatre is an entryway to new worlds of experience, emotion and knowledge. “The beauty of theater is that it never stays stagnant. It evolves constantly much like our life.” He further adds that if the characters aren’t developed well, and if the story fails to keep viewers’ interest, then not even a big stars can’t make it work. “The reason why ‘Jhumroo’ has survived for so many years is because it had a strong script and the team involved in making it work stays dedicated. The writing that I have seen here is the best and the strongest of what I have seen so far. ‘Juhmroo’ is best written in terms of drama, its writing comes with an amazing depth.”
If the show’s director Vikranth Pawar has been successful at drawing genuine performances from his dedicated cast, actor Anoop (Devendra Bisht) conveys love, aggression and hidden revenge through his body language. It is with him that we understand the shift of the tone from gentle humor to aggressive sarcasm. Since Devendra has been associated with the play right from the beginning, the show carries huge significance. “I was never a Kishore Kumar fan. But the association has been such that I have turned into a singer. The days we have offs, I feel a void. This explains the impact the show has had on me.”
At a time when films - offering drama, music, entertainment and action – are setting the cash registers ringing at the Box Office, a live musical show like ‘Jhumroo’ can bring many stage lovers back to the theaters. Kudos to ‘Jhumroo’ and its team!