Friday, 21 November 2014

New! 5 mins Exercise for Actors on Stage vs. Film Acting

Actor Rajat Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan | A stage and film scene
Actor Rajat Kapoor,  Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherjee | A stage and film scene
I had been working a lot with young actors experienced in nothing but theater. They come to me fresh from their theater acting school with bad habits learned from teachers who haven’t acted in decades, and ask me to teach them the mysterious art of “film acting.”
I smile and ask “Why this simple question?”
Finding them looking embarrassed at my question, I explain them in simple words:
  • The only difference between acting for film and stage is the venue.
  • A film presents your performance to viewers at closer range. There’s nothing “deep” about the difference; it’s just like moving from outdoor Theater to a small room.
  • In film, you are acting in front of a camera, and you need to speak in a normal voice with restrained body movements. And on stage, you are standing on a river bank talking to a group of people standing on the other side across the bank and trying to listen to you and understand your gestures. So you have to speak loudly with a bit of exaggerated gestures.

Stage Acting Vs. Film Acting: Exercise
Emotion: Anger     Attitude: Frustrated

I gave them the following two liner to prepare

"Kya samzha hai mujhko? Dekh loonga teray ko! Meray khilaf zhoonti gavahi di! Kis se paisa khaya tooney? Beta nahin to yanhi tuzhe maar daloonga!"

When they memorized their lines, I told them to deliver in 2 different ways

Situation 1
Deliver your lines briskly walking 10 feet, shouting, eyes popping out with exaggerated hands and body gestures

Situation 2
Deliver your lines walking slowly 3 feet, speaking your lines hissing with teeth clenched and with  facial expressions without exaggeration. (Only your hand and fingers raised to, if need be, up to shoulders only).

Under Situation 1, it was Acting for Theatre
Under Situation 2, it was Acting for Film

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Why 90% Aspiring Actors for Bollywood Fail and Exceptions

Failure and Success

The Fact File of Actors: Why you Fail And Solutions

  1. "The only people who succeed as actors are those who have to be actors". This is something I have been telling people for years. If you can be happy doing anything else in life, you may fail to be an actor.
  2. If you start on a doubtful note wondering if acting is what you should try to do, you will fail. Remember, those who have to be actors do not wonder or even care much about those things. They just go out and be actors because they must do that. If you have any reason why you may fail-- lack of money, attitude problems like oversensitive, angry young man/woman, worrying type who easily get disturbed, language, diction, voice, height, weight color of your skin etc, you may fail. 
  3. Many struggling actors keep doing the same thing over and over in spite of their techniques failing, expecting different results.  Those who have to be successful actors go out and be actors because they change themselves and their strategies, mostly on the advice of their personal coach or some industry guide.
  4. Acting is not just a career choice; it is a lifestyle choice! It involves a great deal of self-motivation, sacrifice and continued effort. If you are not a good self-starter, if you cannot live without the common comforts and conveniences and/or if you cannot be persistent to stay with your desire for years to be an actor in spite of everything, then you will most likely fail. 
  5. For an actor, success is not fame and fortune, success is an ultimate objective his existence.
  6. Lastly, my strong views are:  Apart from getting trained from a school (if you choose so), have a coach (mentor) for a reasonable period of time. If you blindly try to become an actor on your own without guidance from someone who knows the Bollywood or TV Serials or Commercial casting game,  your chances for success are diminished.  
  7. It won’t be wrong to point out that finding a coach who is willing to help you and then ignoring his/her advice is not only rude, but also is a way to fail. (Based on source)

Bollywood Super Stars Who Failed to Become Successful.

Here are the exceptions that understood their mistakes, persisted for a long period and changed themselves in every aspect of their craft and attitude reaching to the top:

Bollywood Super Star of Yesterday Manoj Kumar

As a nobody, Manoj Kumar worked as a ghostwriter at different studios for films and was paid Rs 11 per scene.

Bollywood Super Star  Amitabh Bachchan

Much before becoming mega star, Amitabh Bachchan spent some nights on a bench on Marine Drive in Mumbai. It is also well known that he was rejected by a radio company more than once. Big B was not even given a chance to audition. Many a times he was rejected in auditions.

Bollywood Super Star of Yesterday Amitabh Bachchan

Former BCCI president PM Rungta paid for Dilip Kumar’s tram tickets as the struggling actor had no money to go to film studios from his home. After initial rejections he worked on his attitude and was a great star!

Bollywood Super Star Madhuri Dixit

As a newcomer, Madhuri Dixit got plenty of negative feedback from the industry. Even then reigning star Meenakshi Sheshadri was among those would feel Madhuri did not have it in her material to succeed in Bollywood.

Bollywood Super Star of Yesterday Zeenat Aman

After tasting failures in her initially, Zeenat Aman was ready to pack her bag and return to Germany with her mother. She analyzed herself as per a coach and then it happened. She was selected in ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ (1972. The rest is a history!

Bollywood Super Star of Yesterday Dharmendra

Dharmendra was the winner of a talent hunt, yet he had to bear extreme hardships for a year till ‘Bandini’ came his way. There were numerous days when Dharmendra did not even have a morsel of food, it has been reported. Another story goes that a producer once refused to pay for Dharmendra's taxi fare (His attitude?), following which the actor got very upset. Shashi Kapoor then took him home, and they had lunch.

Amjad Khan The greatest Villain of his times

Amjad Khan slogged for 10 years, did some insignificant roles and had virtually no money when ‘Sholay’ came his way in 1973. The day Khan signed the film, his son Shadaab was born. There were also stories that Salim-Javed were unhappy with Amjad’s performance and wanted him replaced. Khan survived all that and went on to create.

Sanjeev Kumar, a Super Star of Yesterday

Sanjeev Kumar, who is rated amongst the greatest actors of Indian cinema, had failed a screen test conducted for a Rajshri film. He was part of numerous C-grade stunt films before turning the tide with some amazement.

Super Star Shah Rukh Khan

At a recent event, Shah Rukh Khan revealed that he had to struggle for 20 years to get his super hit. When he came to Mumbai he did not have money to eat. He even slept on the roads for many days near Oberoi Hotel. He and his friends used the Oberoi washroom, behaving as they stayed at the hotel itself. SRK also recalled that in those days he did not even know that there was Mumbai beyond Haji Ali.

Greatest Actor, Dancer of Bollywood Govinda

Govinda, who used to stay in a Chawl in Virar, would go to Rajshri Studio every day, but was rejected on the basis of being too young and with a bad diction. Not disheartened, On an advice from an expert (Coach), Govinda  made a show reel in which he was seen acting and dancing, and showed it to the production house.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

4 Top Tips to Work on Your Role to Be A Great Actor

Working on a character as per changes in a story

The "role" you got to play in a film or a play is called "Character"
The goal of any actor, is to be able to tell a story as a "character", so the main task from first reading to final performance is to develop that "character". This makes you a truly great actor!

Nothing thrills a casting director or a director more than a truly creative portrayal of a "Character" by an actor!.

From  a social and practical point of view what a "Character" in the role is which you intend portraying? And then, how to work and create your "Character" from the script?

Basically, his research shows that it’s you. And “you” are created from moment to moment from different circumstances. That’s what it is. That’s what creates different “you’s.”

  • Hot Tea spilled on you at a restaurant. A different you is triggered.
  • You ask your love mate to marry you. She declines. A different you is triggered.
  • A stranger asks you for directions. A different you is triggered.

Let us try to analyze a "Character" and how  best to create within you  

A “Character” in a script which you are trying to create, then, is not what we think it is or, rather, what we want it to be. It is NOT a fixed, easily identifiable set of closely related traits (attributes), and it only seems that way because of the way our thought processes are organized. Consequently, we built up a profile of a “Character” like a bundle of fixed habits which remain the same throughout the entire period of the “Character” in a script (Story). Seldom have we changed it based on tempo-rhythm of a story, circumstance and context.

  1. One of the reasons of this could be our ignorance of the objective of the script and the “Character” and how this objective is achieved by a story writer. Perhaps a lack of analysis of changes in a story and how my “Character” will behave.
  2. So just like in our personal life, circumstances and relevance in a script may evoke the many-sided traits (attitudes, emotions, attitudes etc) and reactions in a “Character” and we have to work on a character's profile, keeping in consideration how a character trait will change.  Personally, sometimes we like what we have created, sometimes we don’t. 
  3. Learn our selves. If we can learn our own selves, our traits and how we behave in different life situations, we can explore  a “Character” better based on the changes in the script and become everything we want in our work: fearless, vulnerable, expressed, and transformative. Just like as we aspire to in life.
  4. In my opinion, we have never to struggle hard on ourselves to be a particular and a non-dynamic “Character” as narrated in a script. That may not look real. Instead, create a vibrant profile of a “Character”, develop and sharpen those traits which match you and drop what doesn’t match you. Based on source

Some other simple tips

To facilitate the above, work on questions and  answers

While analyzing and creating your "Character" from the every change in the story (script), ask yourself

1. Who am I?

2. Where am I?

3. When is it?

4. Where have I just come from?

5. What do I want at this moment?

6. Why do I want it?

7. Is it different from what I did in earlier situation?

8. How will I get what I want and by doing what?

9. Is it creative and real about once what I have decided to do?
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Where to Get an Artist Card and Whether Actors Need Them

An artist card
An artist Card

Personally, I don't think that an artist card is necessary for aspiring actors. My logic behind being skeptical is as follows:

  1.  Artist card may be useful for junior artists, who is not professionally trained to play big and have ambitions to become a "Star" in the future.
  2. These junior artists are usually employed to be in a scene as a crowd like a marriage party, get togethers, celebrations or as one of the crowd. They may or may not be well educated and are usually from a community of actors which require just a "job" and a "living" rather than to be a successful "actor" and a "Star" 
  3. The casting directors may not consider you for a role if you are a registered junior artist with an artist card due to an apprehension of you refusing to work overtime or in case of any dispute of payments etc, may go to the union for Redressal and may create problem during a shoot.
  4. An educated aspiring actor, who is professionally trained, without union affiliation or with an artist card, therefore, may stand a better chance and may get a better role compared to a union artist card holder.
  5. Many industry people may not agree with my opinion as this could be a source of livelihood for many. My apology to them

However, this is NOT  a rule. There are examples of junior artists who climbed the ladder of success and have become a good actor.

The best is to decide what are your priorities and then decide.

Many of the visitors of this blog have requested me to provide information on Artist Card, I'm mentioning the details below:

Artists' & Actors Unions in India who issues Artist Cards:


Though I have selected few with the best of my knowledge out of hundreds, you are advised to check the credentials, before you pay.
Especially, DON'T PAY anything if after applying online with the portfolio you get a mail on your selection and then if they ask you to pay Rs. 3000 or more. They may be fraudsters and cheats.


One of the main artists’ and actors' unions in India is the Federation of Western India Cine Employees. The FWICE is a film industry worker’s union based in Mumbai, India.
Address: 113, 1st Floor, Kartik Complex New Link Road, Andheri (W) 400053 Mumbai                  
Phone: 91 22 26302552, 91-22-26730510, 26730511, 26730513

2. IFAA Delhi

About Ifaa DelhiIFAA is a unique name in film and entertainment industry. The association is not interested in the larger profile, but in the best profile. The association profile is purely its member's profile and every member is directly or indirectly connected to its activities. IFAA is a leading voice for Indian culture. IFAA is a tireless advocate for Indian culture and the development of India’s audio visual industries. Our union and members lobby for regulation and government policies that protect our culture and encourage audio visual production in all genres, expanding work opportunities for Indian performers.

3. Roddey Film Productions*

D3/73, Four Bungalows, MHADA, Andheri (w), Mumbai - 400053
Phone: 022-26303215, Mobile: 9870432013 - 9022164200 (Email:

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

What is an Actor? 50 Great Views by Celebrities!

Welcome to the world of Bollywood!

Main Tera Hero: Bollywood heartthrob Varun Dhawan along with his bombshell co-stars - Ileana D'Cruz and Nargis Fakhri

Hi aspiring actor!

Your main goal as an actor, is to be the face (and body) of the human condition. Think of yourself as a diplomat for all mankind. The beauty of acting is the ability to "play" in the role of another human being, representing him/her to the best and most natural of our ability. The acting is communication. You, as an actor, have the honored task of creating (or recreating) life on the stage or in front of a camera. You must be able to reflect all sorts of characters, some of whom may even seem odd or distasteful to you. That's the challenge and the reward of acting!

One of the first actors is believed to be an ancient Greek called Thespis of Icaria (year 12 BC).

The skills required to be an actor

Acting requires a wide range of skills, including vocal projection, clarity of speech, physical expressivity, emotional facility, a well-developed imagination, and the ability to interpret drama or comedy. Acting also often demands an ability to employ dialects, accents and body language, improvisation, observation and emulation, mime, and training on stage/ film combat. Many actors train at length in special programs or coaches and schools to develop these skills, and today the vast majority of professional actors has undergone extensive combat practice. Even though one actor may have years of training, they always strive for more lessons; the cinematic and theatrical world is always changing and because of this, the actor must stay as up to date as possible. Actors and actresses will often have many coaches and teachers for a full range of training involving, but not limited to, singing, scene-work, monologue techniques, audition techniques, and working with  co-actors work.
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Here is what celebrities say about acting

1. The acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
~ Sanford Meisner

2. An actor is a fool for God.
~ Gerardine Clark

4. The best acting is instinctive. It's not intellectual, it's not mechanical, it's instinctive.
~ Craig MacDonald

5. That's what makes acting so attractive. You get to break all your own rules.
~Gerardine Clark

6. Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life.
~ Bette Davis

7. Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
~ Rosalind Russell

Acting Quotes
8. Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
~ Meryl Streep

9. Good acting -- real acting is impossible to spot. Do you ever catch talents like Robert Duvall or Kathy Bates acting? No. I defy you to show me where.
~ William Esper

10. Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!
~ Craig MacDonald

Practical Acting Quotes
Acting quotes to remember when you're working.

11. Find in yourself those human things which are universal.
~ Sanford Meisner

12. The more personal, the more universal.
~ Gary Ballinger

13. An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.
~ Michael Chekhov

14. Use what you know. Don't worry about what you don't know.
~ Michael Shurtleff

15. The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.
~ Stella Adler

16. An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.
~ Sanford Meisner

17. Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance.
~ Michael Shurtleff

18. If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.
~ Jack Lemmon

19. Creating relationship is the heart of acting. It is basic. It is essential.
~ Michael Shurtleff

20. Listening is not merely hearing. Listening is reacting. Listening is being affected by what you hear. Listening is active.
~ Michael Shurtleff

21. Whatever you decide is your motivation in the scene, the opposite of that is also true and should be in it.
~ Michael Shurtleff

22. Humor [in a scene] is not jokes. It is that attitude toward being alive without which you would long ago have jumped off the 59th Street Bridge.
~ Michael Shurtleff

23. Every scene you will ever act begins in the middle, and it is up to you, the actor, to provide what comes before.
~ Michael Shurtleff

24. The first step to a better audition is to give up character and use yourself.
~ Michael Shurtleff

25. Competition [in a scene] is healthy. Competition is life. Yet most actors refuse to acknowledge this. They don't want to compete. They want to get along. And they are therefore not first-rate actors.
~ Michael Shurtleff

26. Honesty isn't enough for me. That becomes very boring. If you can convince people what you're doing is real and it's also bigger than life -- that's exciting.
~ Gene Hackman

27. Take nothing for granted. Make an emotional discovery as often as you can find one in every scene. Ask yourself: What is new?
~ Michael Shurtleff

28. There's only one reason why a character drinks: to seek confrontation. To fight for what they want in ways normally denied them.
~ Michael Shurtleff

29. My job is usually to express emotion as freely as possible.
~ Meryl Streep

30. I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it would be like to be you.
~ Meryl Streep

31. I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.
~ Meryl Streep

32. I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.
~ Meryl Streep

33. All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any scene.
~ Meryl Streep

34. The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
~ Miguel de Cervantes

35. Actors think more with their hearts than with their heads.
~ William Esper

Funny Acting Quotes
Acting quotes to make you laugh.

36. Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil.
~ W. C. Fields

37. Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
~ George Burns

38. The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen.
~ W.H. Auden

39. Actors die so loud.
~ Henry Miller

40. I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
~ Oscar Wilde

41. If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.
~ Thornton Wilder

Even More Acting Quotes
42. The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.
~ Stella Adler

43. I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.
~ Michael Caine

44. Acting in theatre or television or screen is only for the irrecoverably diseased, those so smitten with the need that there is no choice.
~ Michael Shurtleff

45. Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
~ George Bernard Shaw

46. There's nothing more boring than unintelligent actors, because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting. There have to be other things.
~ Tim Robbins

47. Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
~ Stella Adler

48. I think your self emerges more clearly over time.
~ Meryl Streep

49. I need to go where people are serious about acting.
~ Meryl Streep

50. The work will stand, no matter what.
~ Meryl Streep

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