Thursday, 28 July 2016

What Bollywood Stars advise to Aspiring Actors | 18 Tips

Bollywood stars in a group
What Bollywood stars say to beginners

If you're trying to achieve stardom, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
~Kiran Pande, your acting coach

1. Your Life as an actor isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself.

2. Your happiness is in being a successful actor. Therefore, the most important thing is to enjoy your acting life, to be happy - it's all that matters.

3. Life whether for a common man or for an actor is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

5. As an actor, we should not remember days, but should remember the moments. Remember, a good or a bad acting is very subjective and depends on an individual  viewer's taste

6. Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

7. It does not matter how slowly you go towards being a great actor as long as you do not stop.

8. Actors may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

9. The greatest weakness of an actor lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

10. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

11. Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.

12. Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

13. If opportunity doesn't knock, build a new door for it to knock.

14. Perfection in acting may not be within reach or  at hand, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.

15. We know what we are, but know not our potential of what we may be.

16. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!

17. A star actor has a good soul. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Help others and it will come to you with an additional bonus

18. Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.


Kiran Pande Kiran Pande
Top Acting Coach
C12, New Natraj, Road 6, Pestom Sagar, Chembur (West)
Mumbai , Maharashtra , 400089 India

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Monday, 25 July 2016

15-Game Plans of Bollywood Stars to Become Most Desirable

Some of the most desirable Bollywood stars
Some of the most desirable Bollywood stars

Top Bollywood Actors Intelligently Develop Game Plans to be Most Likable

Being likable has its benefits - you'll have an easier time making friends in the film / TV industry and achieving your dream to be a great actor  Recently, Some of the Bollywood stars shared some advice on how making yourself more appealing and achieve success.

Here Are Their 15 Strategies:

1. Their striking feature-a permanent smile

Seeing a smile makes other people happy, so if you're smiling when you're interacting with someone, he'll find you easy to like and friendly.

2. They ask questions about the people they are talking to

There's nothing people love more than to talk about themselves. They will find the conversation most memorable and positive if they spend time talking about themselves.

3. They pay attention

Listen more to other people than you speak, and people will feel valued. Even if you're asking questions, people won't warm up to that if it seems you're not listening to what they're saying.

4. They remember names

Names are such a core part of people's identity. Bringing their names up in the conversation will not only make them feel good, but they'll also appreciate the fact that you remember their names. For example- Mukesh Ji, Vandana Ji... and speaking frequently in a conversation.

5. They repeat and reinforce 

Repeating what someone said to you and strengthening it will help people feel recognized and approved. And that's all people want- acceptance!

6. They don't give uninvited advice

Give advice to people when they ask you for it. If you go around telling people your opinion, you can come across as being overbearing and bossy even if you're just trying to help.

7. They don't make everything in life a competition

Trying to compete with everyone and to be one-up on everything people say can quickly make you less likeable in their eyes.

8. They take responsibility

If you make a mistake, take responsibility for it. Acknowledge it, and don't point the blame at someone else.

9. They switch off their cell phones

People appreciate undivided attention, because it makes them feel like you're truly listening to them. It makes them feel that you value their presence and time.

10. They don't keep interrupting

You may get overexcited (For example, hearing: “You are short listed and have a good chance”)  and interrupt people while they are talking, which can annoy them. It makes them feel that what they have to say is not that important to you.

11. They make eye contact

Making the right amount of eye contact with someone can help them feel rapport with you. You'll also be considered as being more confident and trustworthy.

12. They accept that other people will disagree with them

Everyone has different opinions - learn to be OK with that. Your way may not always be the right way for others, so don't try to convince them that they're wrong. Accept your differences.

13. They don't constantly seek sympathy and attention

Likeable people don't need to constantly seek sympathy and attention to feel better about themselves.

14. They don't try too hard

Focus on making yourself happy first, and people will lean toward you. If you try too hard, people can see that and after some time may become disinterested in you.

15. They have good hygiene

Wear clean clothes, brush your teeth, and take baths.
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Kiran Pande Kiran Pande
Top Acting Coach
C12, New Natraj, Road 6, Pestom Sagar, Chembur (West)
Mumbai , Maharashtra , 400089 India

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Good and Bad Acting | 5 Opinions of Experts

Amjad Khan, Pran and Shah Rukh Khan in dynamic roles
Amjad Khan as Gabbar in Sholey, Pran in Ram and Shyam and Shah Rukh Khan from Darr to Don

Deciding the Difference between a  Good Acting From Bad Acting is Bullshit!

If anyone tells you there are fixed (objective) standards for acting, they're full of crap. This is a matter of personal taste. There are trends. There are many people who loved Dilip Kumar's acting. But if you don't, you're not wrong. At worst, you're weird!
There had been directors and me as well who has been observing or working with actors for almost 30 years, and I'll give you here based on the experiences of esteemed Indian director's definition of good acting. But I really want to stress that if I say, “Hrithik Roshan is great,” and you disagree, my experience does not make me right and you wrong. It just means we have different tastes.

What's a Good Acting? Logic Behind


First, for me, an actor is good if he makes me  believe he's actually going through whatever his character is going through. I'm talking partly about physical stuff (“He really is getting shot!” “He really is jumping off a moving train!”) but significantly more  about mental (emotional, in reality, psychological) stuff (“He really is scared!” “He really is in love!”). If an actor seems to be faking it, he's not doing his job.


Second, the actor has to surprise me. This is though vague, but the needed and important. Except for really small roles like a bank cashier or a watchman or a nurse standing and helping doctors,  it's not enough for actors to just seem real. Seeming real is a requirement, but a second requirement is that I can't predict their every reaction before they show them. Think of how someone might react if his or her life partner suddenly ends the relationship! There are many, many truthful ways—ways that would seem like a normal human being reacting and not like a space alien behaving in some mad, unbelievable way.
Here I believe, an actor's job is to know the breadth of human possibility and the depths of his or her own possibilities. He or she must pull from this Kuaon (deep well} and surprise us. Otherwise, the actor becomes boring and predictable.
There are many ways and actor can surprise. There are numerous examples of such acts by many Bollywood stalwarts like Late Raj Kapoor, Mahmood, Amjad Khan (as Gabbar Singh), Amitabh Bachchan as some of the few tops. Of course, there had been many from Hollywood like Gary Oldman and Johnny Depp, who surprise us by being truthful while playing multiple, very different roles. Jack Nicholson surprises by being... Surprising.  Christopher Walken, Glenn Close, Al Pancino, and many others have a surprising danger in them.


Third, the actor is vulnerable that is exposed!. Great actors share the parts of themselves that most people keep hidden. They are always naked. (I'm talking about emotional nakedness.) Bad actors are guarded. They don't want to share the parts of themselves that are ugly, mean, petty, jealous, etc. On the Indian screen such actors had been Pran, Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan to name who show vulnerability without hesitation and that's the reason they excel whether a character is a hero, a villain, comedian or a mentally sick person.


Fourth, the actor knows how to listen. It's fascinating to watch actors when they're not speaking.
Some are too caught up in ego or memorizing problems (e.g., trying to remember the next line) and just can't totally focus on whomever it is they're acting with. Others seem to register everything they hear. You can really see whatever is being said to them physically affecting them, as if the words by their co-actors are slapping them across on their face.


Fifth, the actor has a well-honed “instrument,” (having acting skill or skills that are developed extremely well)  by which I mean he knows how to use his voice and body to serve whatever role he's playing. This doesn't necessarily mean he's slim and has a six-pack.
Keep in mind that many people (who are NOT themselves actors, directors, or obsessive film buffs) aren't very clear on what an actor contributes to a film. Lots of people think an actor is great if they like his or her character. But that's often a function of good writing more that good acting. Or they think the actor is good if he/she pulls off some impressive effect, such as suddenly becoming paralyzed or pretending to be handicapped. Those are impressive stunts, but they aren't the core of what makes an actor great. Similarly, some people think acting is good if they like the movie and it's a box-office hit
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So, what should you do?

1. Develop a great power of imagination, dreaming and transformation. This is a must!

2. Analyze the script-objective, changes etc.

3. Analyze your character in relation to script and other characters

4. Create your Character-objective, tempo-rhythm, physical, mental and social profile

5. Keep a minimum of 3 best options to portray your character

6. Perform with one you like the best.

7. Change it to option 2 or 3, if asked

Congratulate yourself

Kiran Pande Kiran Pande
Top Acting Coach
C12, New Natraj, Road 6, Pestom Sagar, Chembur (West)
Mumbai , Maharashtra , 400089 India

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Monday, 11 July 2016

When Naseeruddin Shah Blasted Indian Acting Schools as Frauds

Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah
Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah

Naseeruddin Shah Cries Foul At Indian Acting Schools & Their Teachers

Naseeruddin Shah is one of the best actors in India & is known to be not politically correct when it comes to speaking out. He recently attacked acting schools in India and explained how these institutions are playing with young, enthusiastic minds who want to make it big in the world of cinema.
He explained why he hates the concept of acting schools in India and it makes sense-

“There are no acting teachers in the country, they are all shams, they are all frauds and I have no hesitation in saying this.”

“All these people running acting schools are absolute and utter frauds, they are fooling the kids who come to them and teach them nothing.”
“There is no acting teacher in this country and it is a really unfortunate thing, considering how old the film industry is.”
“I believe that anyone who is passionate about acting can learn on his own.”

“Dilip Kumar never went to an acting school, Amitabh Bachchan never went to an acting school, Kamal Haasan never did yet all of them are such fine actors.”

“An actor trains himself and that is what I believe. Being in an institution is conducive to learning.”
“I learned at the National School of Drama because I had the urge to learn. I was exposed to many things I was not exposed to before, so my horizons widened, but you can do it on your own as well. I don’t think it’s essential for an actor to go to a training school to train yourself.”

It is important to add that these acting schools charge huge sums of money from the students. We invite the experiences of those who have attended these acting schools…


Author's opinion

Basically, I agree with Naseeruddin Shah's views “An actor trains himself..." with our experience with this blog where many student readers of the posts from this blog have practiced with their friends  or in the front of a full size mirror are now actors in films and TV serials
However,  there may be some good acting schools in our country to learn, but for the beginners and those actors who want an update and sharpen their talent,  in my opinion the best option would be to hire/join a senior acting coach (Click here for an example) He / she  should be a person of wisdom  possessing superb communication skills, compassionate towards young aspiring actors and presently still working as an actor

Kiran Pande Kiran Pande
Top Acting Coach
C12, New Natraj, Road 6, Pestom Sagar, Chembur (West)
Mumbai , Maharashtra , 400089 India

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