Jaipur-based actor Jairoop Jeevan has an acting career that spans four decades and gives a balcony view of its glory. In his illustrious contains work experience with ace director Shekhar Kapur, legendary Late Om Puri, theatre personality Nadira Babbar, Barry John, MK Raina, Shyam Benegal, Meghna Gulzaar, Dr. ChandraPrakash Dwivedi, Govind Nihalani and many more prominent figures from film, television and theatre fraternity. He has worked and directed more than 200 plays.
He has acted in the critically acclaimed film Raazi starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal. Next, he’ll be seen in the movie Gunjan Saxena along with Pankaj Tripathi featuring Janhvi Kapoor. It’s Karan Johar’s Dharma Production film. The City Stuff’s Anand Gupta caught up with them recently.
When did you start your theatre journey?
I started my theatre journey in 1972 Ravindra Manch. After that, for professional training, I went to the National School of Drama (NSD), Delhi, in 1978. I completed my post-graduate in dramatics In 1981.
When did you get your first break as an actor?
It was in 1982-83 I worked as an actor at Shri Ram Centre theatre repertory. In 1983-84 I did an Apprentice fellowship at the National School Drama repertory company as an actor.
In which year did you shift your base to Mumbai?
I shifted to Mumbai in 1984. There worked as an actor in Nadira Zahid Babbar’s theatre group Ekjut and Om Puri’s Mazma. I associated myself with eminent filmmaker Shekhar Kapur as an assistant to learn filmmaking. I played the role of Susiddhartak in the show Chanakaya directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi.
Did you also direct any series of telefilms?
Directed Serials and two Telefilms based on Ismat Chugtaai’s novelette (Teen Anadi) and another based on Rajasthani Folk story for ETV Urdu, Hyderabad, Ramaoji Rao Film City. Besides, I directed ‘Bachpan Ke Din’, ‘Darshan Do Bhagwan’, Anaaro and Bhaand Pather.
What about plays, did you direct any and how much did they long?
I’ve staged more than 250 shows for the published play Khajoor Pe Atka in my 7 years in Mumbai.
Have you written any book on your journey?
I’ve written and published a book on acting called ‘Anukaran’.
Apart from acting, what else did you do?
From 2006-2009, I’ve was associated with the acting department of Sangeet Natya Academy, New Delhi as a consultant. I channelized an acting school in Jaipur from 2011-14 and kept myself occupied in theatre. I even wrote a serial for DD Rajasthan (2013-14) ‘Mann Jaage Ujiayar’.
Tell us more about the film and television journey.
Then I got an opportunity to play an essay on an important role of the family’s head in the show ‘Thapki Pyar Ki’. It got a telecast on the Colors channel. I also worked in the film ‘Raazi’, which was felicitated with the International Indian Film Academy award. I portrayed the role of a Pakistani Lt. General Baig.
What are your take on lockdown and the COVID 19 pandemic?
This time is proving out to be a golden one for creative people. To chalk out so much time out of the world of hustle is not possible. Every coin has two sides. The best part about the lockdown is that you can work on any pleasing hobby and take it forward. I’ve always dreamt of channelizing a channel on YouTube as an acting guide. And from the past two years, I was unable to do so. I got good enough time once the lockdown started. I started my channel Actor’s Guide. People liked it very much.
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