New Delhi, Dec 7 He has been entertaining live audiences for a little over a year with “Zangoora: The Gypsy Prince”. After completing 500 shows of the Bollywood musical, actor Hussain Kuwajerwala admits it has become monotonous, but says the enthusiasm of the audiences keeps him going.
“I can’t deny that ‘Zangoora’ is monotonous, because we do the same show over and over again. But it is a first-of-its kind in India. When the audiences come, they expect a new form of entertainment, a lot of energy and enthusiasm. And it is that desire to live up to their expectation, which has kept us all going through 500 shows. So it has all been worth the efforts,” Hussain told IANS.
“Zangoora: The Gypsy Prince”, a colourful and magical live show with drama, action, emotion, romance and lots of dance, is showcased each day at the Kingdom of Dreams, located in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi. On weekdays, the show costs between Rs.750-Rs.4,500, while on weekends, the ticket prices go up to Rs.1,000-Rs.6,000.
“The response of the audience is so encouraging … their enthusiasm to watch something new instills so much excitement in us that we forget how many shows we have been doing. There are some people who watch it for the first time, and we should give them a performance worth the money because it is not a cheap form of entertainment.
“Then there are people who have watched it seven to eight times, and still want to watch more. For them, we need to be consistent. So that’s what keeps the spirit alive,” said the actor.
Hussain plays the key role of Zangoora, a boy who grows up to be a gypsy dancer, unaware of his real identity of a prince. He acts alongside Gauahar Khan and Kashmira Irani.
He dances to high-energy numbers like “Bawre bawre” and “Tumse milke dil ka” and throws open his shirt to reveal his perfect six-pack abs on the song “Dil haara re”. It takes a lot to maintain that body, reveals the 34-year-old, who performs six shows a week.
“It takes the hell out of me to keep this body in shape. As far as food is concerned, I have never had as many fruits as I have while doing ‘Zangoora’. But it is important to eat healthy and be fit to match the energy levels required for the show,” said Hussain, who even admitted he has “lost a lot of weight”.
Hussain, who featured in TV shows like “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” and “Kumkum”, travels to Mumbai over the weekend to be with his family, and in his free time, in Gurgaon, he watches films as this was something he couldn’t do when he was busy being a small screen actor.
He is also excited about news that “Zangoora” will go international in the coming year. But filmdom is something he is looking at seriously in the long run.