Monday, 4 May 2015

5 Cheapest Ways to Enter Bollywood Viewing Top Hindi Films

Your Golden Ticket to Bollywood

Who says you can't be a Bollywood actor by watching and learning from All Time Best Bollywood Films?

You Can for Sure!

How to Learn From Great Hindi Movies and Enter Bollywood

It’s not that without watching Hollywood Classics and their great Actors, you can’t learn and enter our Bollywood. The cine world of Bollywood has also produced some great movies from which actors can learn the fine craft of acting.

5 Cheapest Ways

Watch and take the following steps:

  • Analyze:

  1. What is the objective of the film? What the film wants to show to the audience and how the film achieves it?
  2. Who are the characters in the film and what is individual’s objective and how he/she archives it?
  3. Identify a character which suits best to your physical and mental profile.
  4. Try to bring that character into you rather than mimicking him/her. Leave that part of a character which is not congruent (matching) to you.
  5. Practice and practice in front of a full size mirror or with friends. Do not make a mistake of copying an actor from a film, for example, do not mimic Veeru or Thakur from “Sholey”. You remain what you are and try to be Veeru or Thakur.

I categorize most of the Bollywood movies broadly as “Masala” movies and the “Others”. I’m sure you know what “Masala” ones are and you hardly learn any acting craft through them.


  • Boy meets Girl, at some point they fall in love. The society or families are against them, but at the end they either overcome all obstacles to be together forever or they fail and die together.
  • A common man rises against a fierce evil force - be it the corrupt government, a deadly gangster, or plotting friends or family - he fights them and emerges victorious to live happily forever.

All these "Masala" movies almost invariably contain - drama, suspense, action, comedy, romance, tragedy, satire, social message - all combined into a fun filled 3 hours. 

Films For Our Learning  Purpose 

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Get a copy of these films and watch these films carefully. And if you want to observe the quality of acting and learn, put off the sound and then watch actors performing. This will help you to observe “acting’ as a critic rather than just a viewer who gets emotionally involved in the happening with the film.
These “Good” films fall under different genre and here are my picks for actors to learn:

However, there is more to Bollywood than just "Masala" movies. Bollywood has also given all time masterpieces in both mainstream cinema and independent movies. If you really want to get a taste of Bollywood, you should pick at least one movie from each genre.
This would be my list:

Genre and Films

  1. Pyaasa
  2. Mother India
  3. Mera Naam Joker

Epic / History:
  1. Mughal-e-Azam
  2. Gandhi (film)
  3. Earth (1998 film)

 1.  Silsila (film)
 2. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  3. Barfi

Thriller / Suspense;
  1. Woh Kaun Thi??
  2. Hundred Days
  3. Johnny Gaddaar

  1. Bandit Queen
  2. Paan Singh Tomar (film)
  3. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

  1. Gol Maal
  2. Hera Pheri (2000 film)
  3. Bheja Fry (film)

 There aren't great action movies in Bollywood in real sense. However, these are some recent movies I appreciate which have decent action in them.

  • Agent Vinod (2012 film)
  • Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 & Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 2
  • Madras Café

All time Bollywood Classics “A Must” for actors

1. Mughal-E-Azam 
2. Mother India
3. Sholay
4. Anand
5. Andaaz Apna Apna
6. Border
7. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge
8. Nayak 
9. Lagaan
10. Swades 

Some other learning films from relatively recent times

3 idiots (2009)
Black (2005)
Ghajini (2008)

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Friday, 1 May 2015

3 Golden Rules to Protect You From Bollywood Cheaters

Paying to Bollywood cheaters?
Paying to Get a Break in Films or TV Serials? You are being Cheated!

How to Protect Yourself from Fraudsters

Every day I get news, Facebook post, or a complaint or an advertisement where not only aspiring but even experienced actors fall victim to some type of fraud or scam.  While I am able to talk with actors at my coaching sessions, to all others, my suggestions are as follows:

1. Research on internet and in the industry properly

The “name” behind an establishment may be big or of a celebrity or the promotional pitch might sound good, but nothing can replace facts. When it comes to joining a school /a coach or attending a workshop of any kind, do your homework on who is teaching, time spent on each student individually if a student faces a problem in learning and what is a successful record of students passing out and getting a break in the cine world.
The same is true (doing research) for portfolio makers, coordinators, casting directors and others. Especially, be extremely careful with people asking for money on any fraudulent excuse (like security money), offering a break in the films or TV serials.

 2. Find out the opinion of other actors 

What are the experiences of other actors? Who are good, bad and suspicious? Does a school continue to help you in your marketing and promotion after you have completed your course and left? Some of the schools in Mumbai or in other metro towns charge hefty fees of 2 Lakhs to 9 Lakhs and you have a right to know what help they offer after completion of the course! However, you can have an access to this information only if you are a go getter and a good Networker.

3. Money-Where to pay and where not to

After doing thorough research, for training and development like acting schools, acting coaches, acting craft related workshops, gym for body building, learning martial arts, language and voice culture, yoga, learning dance and singing, registration with good coordinator, portfolio, creating good website
Do not Pay
Thumb Rule: Do not pay for anything else
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

8 Sure Tips for Failing Actors to Survive and Win Out

I wanna be a Bollywood Star
I wanna be a Bollywood Star!

There are many reasons why young people dream to be a star like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra or Deepika Padukone. Let’s not go into the reasons.  However regretfully, the fact is they have no knowledge of this ruthless industry and what goes behind being a star or even how to become just an actor and survive in Mumbai.
The result is catastrophic. After a few years when their eyes open, they witness their shattered dreams, bankruptcy burdened with huge debts due to incurring staggering fees of acting schools, fraudsters and cheats who promise a break in films, portfolio, show reel, registration fees with coordinators and pseudo casting directors, living expenses and transportation costs in Mumbai and many other hidden costs.
Then what should they do? Quit and go back home with their head down?
Because it's not just about how talented they are. It's about how organized they are, and whether they can run their life as a business.
Here are my top 8 survival tips for those first few years in the real cine world, be it Bollywood, TV Serials, Commercial Ads or Modelling! ... And for quite a few years afterwards actually.

1. “You” Are the Best 

Frustrated? Though getting roles, but nowhere near what your dreams are?
Wait! Remember you are unique. It's important to go into each and every audition or interview and show them who you are, not what you think they want you to be. Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is "You".

2. Don't Wait for Your coordinator to Ring you 

Many of you they then sit around and just wait for the telephone to ring. In no time they are blaming their coordinator or agent for their lack of work.
The solution is to work better with your coordinator or agent. Chase them again and again for work, and find out what is going on. Ask your coordinator what more you can do  to help them to get you work or auditions. Having invested so much in your training, portfolio, monologues, show reel, to name a few of your expenses, why would you put all chances of success into someone else's hands? And remember: finally it depends on you, and your tireless efforts which will get you a true break! Coordinators are just facilitators. They can’t replace you

3. Take Up A Part Time Job 

Life in Mumbai for aspiring actors is tough, mentally and financially
Even if you are supposed to be ‘successful’, you won't spend 100% of your time working.. Think about what job you can do alongside acting. From call centers to restaurant work, and promotional work or other customer relationship roles - some in Mumbai even specifically wants actors. I recommend even to work part time in reputed production houses like Asstt. Director or Production Asstt. or if you have a good communication skills, may be a part time acting teacher in an acting school. Something that you can go back to with a reasonably regular income, that allows you time off for auditions. And of course, something that uses some of your acting skills will give you more job satisfaction.
(This tip is irrelevant for those whose parents are rich and sending at least Rs 40,000 a month to them)

4. Don't Blame Fate or Luck; Be Organized 

Analyze and know your strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities. If you don’t know how to identify, ask your acting coach. Once you know your “SWOT” then-
Set your goal- career and finances
What you want to be in, let's say in 5 years from now?
Then break it down year wise till 5 years; In 4th, 3rd, 2nd and this year. Finally, narrowing it down to weekly and daily.
Not only do you have to keep a diary to know what it is that you want to do. What does success look like? Playing the lead in a Bollywood film is a good dream to have, but is it a relevant, attainable objective for your first year out of acting school? Set yourself some smart objectives. Let your objectives be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and properly. For example, scheduling your daily activities on improving your acting craft-body and mind; body building and voice improvement exercises, observation, focus and concentration exercises, meeting industry people, coordinators etc. That way at the end of the year, having achieved your small daily, weekly and monthly objectives, you will have a rightful feeling of success that will carry you forward.

5. Just One Thing a Day

Don't spend your whole time being multitasked and mooching around being depressed because you're out of work. Do one thing each day that might help you to get work and then get on with living your life.  Casting directors choose "confidence"; they don't buy desperation and depression. Working actors don't need to act each day, but they should remember, never and never waste your time doing anything which is NOT relevant to acting. For example chatting on Facebook! This is a deadly enemy for aspiring actors!

6. Develop Resilience (The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties)

Even if you are successful, an awful lot of people will still say no to you in your career. Don't take it personally. In most cases, it's not because you're bad, it's because you're not right for the role in their eyes. After each rejection, take stock and move on quickly.

7. Building up Relationship (Network) 

Quite often when you've been on the TV serials or films, more work follows as people are reminded of your existence. If you're not working, then this can be hard to achieve. Get out there with your actors tribe. Develop friendship and contacts with other actors, crew on the sets, ADs, Cameramen, Makeup artists. Got to hang out joints of coffee shops, theater shows etc. and find out what’s going on.

8. When To Give Up 

We all change with age and what might be a burning passion at 22 can weigh us down and destroy our dignity and self-esteem by 30. We fall in love, have families and priorities change. Acting is a hard job if you're the breadwinner. As per survey by actors association Mumbai, only 5% of actors earn more than Rs 30,000 a month, and there might come a time when that's just not enough. So okay, well, you tried your best, much better having done it than lived a life of regret.

In my opinion, you should give a maximum of 5 years for your business of acting to succeed or perhaps till you are financially managing yourself or your family (If married) reasonably well without borrowing money from any source, including your parents.

Perhaps God has thought of some other destiny for you, a better and a happier one: there is no shame in moving on. Just quit and be proud of being “on the move”
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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Why to Learn from Hollywood 10 Top Actors and 90 Films

Top 10 Hollywood actors to follow
Top 10 Hollywood actors to follow
From left to right
Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks

I once had a top casting director friend of mine told me that there are no bad actors, just actors who aren't willing to "fully commit" themselves to their craft.
In India Bollywood industry, channels and TV serial industry is full of average actors who are surviving due to many other reasons and there aren’t any acting techniques you can learn from them. Contrarily, you can learn a lot from many legendary Hollywood stars and also from Hollywood classic films.

Please remember, the origin and development of acting is western theater, lots of Bollywood films are based on Hollywood films and many of the top Bollywood stars have learnt the acting craft from legendary western stars and films.

Why these are good platforms to learn for an aspiring actor in India?

They don’t act… they are. “Character” actors (I don’t mean performing an elderly role), on the other hand, can perform and become someone other than themselves. So many examples of this genre; Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, etc.…. I love Daniel Day-Lewis because he’s a great actor and I don’t watch him but his performance.

Top 10 Greatest Actors of All Time 

I strongly recommend Indian actors to see their films, watch them carefully and analyze. They always spend days, months, day and night to be in a “Character” and behave the same even in their normal life till they have totally transformed into that “Character”
The actors on this list are ranked according to their acting abilities, their success, their versatility, and the difficulty of the roles they've played throughout their careers

  1. Jack Nicholson
  2. Marlon Brando
  3. Robert De Niro
  4. Al Pacino
  5. Daniel Day-Lewis
  6. Dustin Hoffman
  7. Tom Hanks
  8. Anthony Hopkins
  9. Paul Newman
  10. Denzel Washington

Why to follow the above legendary world stars?

Read their complete biography here

Top Hollywood films every aspiring Indian actor should watch and learn

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1. Gone with the Wind

2. The Wizard of Oz

3. Casablanca

4. Roman Holiday

5. Breakfast at Tiffany"s

6. Of Mice and Men

7. Some Like it Hot

8. Citizen Kane

9. The Searchers

10. To Kill a Mockingbird

11. Damn Yankees

12. Meet Me in St. Louis

13. The Philadelphia Story

14. Philadelphia

15. Mr. Smith Comes to Washington

16. A Streetcar Called Desire

17. Rebel Without a Cause

18. The Apartment

19. Bonnie and Clyde

20. The Diary of Ann Frank

21. The Longest Day

22. Judgement at Nuremberg

23. Tora! Tora! Tora!

24. The English Patient

25. Saving Private Ryan

26. Red Headed Woman

27. Pretty Woman

28. Jaws

29. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

30. The Professionals

32. Unforgiven

33. The Wild Bunch

34. Titanic

35 The China Syndrome

36.One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

37. Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice

38. The Elephant Man

39. Dances with Wolves

40. Monster's Ball

41. Silence of the Lambs

42. Shawshank Redemption

43. The Green Mile

44. Mrs. Doubtfire

45. Goodfellas

46. Shane

47. The Godfather Parts 1 and 2

48. Look Who's Coming to Dinner

49. Million Dollar Baby

50. On Golden Pond

51. The Road West

52. How the West was Won

53.Winchester '73

54. It's a Wonderful Life

55. Psycho

56. The Birds

57. Glory

58. Mommie Dearest

59. Emma

60. Young Frankenstein

61. Sleepless in Seattle

62. When Harry Met Sally

63. The Graduate

64. American Graffitti

65. Field of Dreams

66.The Sound of Music

67. The Music Man

68. Grease

69. Chicago

70. Dr. Zhivago

71. Oklahoma

72. My Fair Lady

73. The Man Without a Face

74. As Good as it Gets


76. Sling Blade

77. Love Stoy

78. Dead Man Walking

79. Dirty Harry

80.. The Millionairess

81. The Wrong Man

82. The People vs. Larry Flynt

83. Air Force One

84. Moonstruck

85. Taps

86. Patton

87. American Beauty

88. Lady with Red Hair

89. The Oxbow Incident

90.Kramer vs. Kramer

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