33-year-old Nishu Sharma has proved that dreams can actually come true. A lyricist and resident of Tapowan Society, Sector 21, Kharghar, he always dreamt to become a well-known theatre artist and fortunately, he got the opportunity to give lyrics for ‘Deem Deem’ song in Bollywood movie ‘Shor In The City’ this year.
Before venturing into theatre, he was into grocery business where his meeting with actor Farukh Sheikh changed his life completely. He evoked him to join theatre. Sharma says, “Farukh Sheikh was my client and used to regularly visit my house in Gujarat. One day, I expressed him my desire to act and fortunately, he directed me to join IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre Association). In 2002, I got an opportunity to work with IPTA Mumbai on back stage but was not able to concentrate as I had to go to village quarterly.”
M S Sathyu discovered hidden talent
Sharma has done BA in his favourite subject Economics from A B College, Punjab University. Sharma adds, “In November 2007, M S Sathyu, a well-known director discovered my hidden talent and asked me to write songs for a musical satire Girja Ke Sapne in Hindi. I wrote 22 songs. This was followed by 33 songs for NSD (National School of Drama) Repertory, directed by B Jayshree, mother of famous Kannada play director B Suresha.”
Did backstage work, acting
Sharma didn’t limit himself to giving lyrics instead he continued doing all his backstage work and acting for hundreds of shows. Apart from this, he also wrote scripts for Mumbai-based famous college events like ‘Malhar’ and received appreciations.
‘Financial Literacy Programme’
As a social initiative and considering his love for economics, he involved himself in a social awareness programme ‘Financial Literacy Programme’ of United Nations Development Programme in association with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development executed by FINO Fintech Foundation in rural areas.
Contribute to bring a change
A sober artist-cum-lyricist Nishu says, “I want to be just one of the figures of theatre and contribute to bring a change in the society in the form of reforms.” Gaurav Sharma, younger brother of Nishu and a Sanskrit professor says, “His venturing into theatre was really shocking but it is good as well. He has always been a part of some or the other social initiatives.”
When asked with whom he would love to work in future, he replied, “The question is not with whom I want to work, instead I want to perform in such a manner that the question must be that which actors want to work with me, however, I would love to work as a backstage man as well.”
—Jaspal Singh Naol