days, at annual functions. I used to audition a lot of the school plays but I was rejected, because they thought I was a very bad actor, for which, I still agree. Although, I tried a lot to continue theatre during my engineering days, it was a lot because engineering has its own journey. In 2005, theatre revolution happened in the city and I volunteered in it. It was a struggle back then, because there was no social media boom as we see now. I literally had to go to play director’s houses to be their assistant. This was the case when the work was not even paid.”
How did WeMove Theatre, happen?
“Through Orkut, a group wanted writers for a short movie and we connected and met at Barista, Barton center. The initial idea was to make a short movie but then, we decided we will see how it can run as a play and then decide to make a short movie. Though, our first play was a disaster, it was the third play which changed it all for us because till then we had only 20 people coming in and watching our shows. This was a Bengali play adapted to Kannada. Then, it struck to us that, people here in Bangalore couldn’t connect. That is when, we made “Namma Metro” because that was the time when the city was changing. This show ran for 25 full houses.”
“I co-founded WeMove with Rangaraj Bhatracharya in order to give the artists, a platform to showcase their talent. Be it acting, writing or directing. We wanted to give the next generation what we did not get. Back then we had to ring every director’s doorbell but now, it is just a call away. My wife saw the frustration that I was going through because of my regular job, she told me to take up WeMove, full time and since 2013, we ventured out to be a full-time company and we also started compensating artists who work with us.”
“There are two kinds of struggles which goes noticed. One, the Slumdog millionaire struggle and then there is the nepotism struggle, where there is a family tradition and they cannot come out of it. But, the struggle that the society has always ignored, is the Middle-Class struggle. You have the education, you know you can get a job. Yet, you know you’re not in the place where you want to be and I went through the same struggle. Narayan Murthy, is someone I have always idolised because he founded Infosys, at a stage where India wasn’t even aware of what software was and 20 years down the lane, see where it is, in India. I co-founded WeMove with a hope that, 20 years down the lane, WeMove will be the Infosys for theatre. I am Abhishek Iyengar”