Thursday, 11 September 2014

Top 3 Casting Directors You Can Contact For Bollywood Entry

Top 3 Casting Directors in India
Though there are hundreds of casting directors in India, most of them, in Mumbai, here are the three TOP ONES who are selecting and recommending actors to leading production houses of Bollywood.
Whatever information I could gather about them, I have given below. More, you have to find out yourself through social networking sites and from other casting directors or actors.
However, one of the ways to contact them is to send your details and portfolio as a "message" through their Facebook Page, on the link given below under their names.
(You must have your own Facebook account)

Nandini Shrikent

Nandini Shrikent

Facebook page (You can send your portfolio as a "message")
Advice for aspiring actors
"Watch films, watch plays, watch people, keep it real and be positive. The rest is up to Dionysus".

Vicky Sidana

Vicky Sidana

Facebook page (You can send your portfolio as a "message")
Twitter page (You can tweet your website or request for his contact Email/Number)

Mukesh Chhabra

Mukesh Chhabra

Interested are requested to send in your latest pictures (Max. upto 4 pictures not exceeding 2Mb) with the following Email Id-
Facebook profile
Mukesh Chhabra casting co. on Facebook
Mukesh Chhabra's website
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Do You know 7 Best Acting Techniques of World to Be A Star?

Acting techniques
Acting techniques by legendary coaches

These are great techniques learnt and practiced by international actors who are legendary cinema superstar celebrities

The Objective

The objective of learning these techniques is to enrich and refine your craft of acting to stay ahead of fierce Bollywood competition

Konstantin Stanislavski

The Father of Acting Techniques 
Konstantin Stanislavski (1863-1963) was a Russian director and actor. To this day, he is one of the most influential figures in world theater and has influenced dozens upon dozens of actors and teachers. The umbrella term for his series of techniques is called Stanislavski's system, and the most common chunk of the system is "The method Acting." This technique asks of the actor, "What would I do if I were in the character's situation?" Basically, if whatever circumstances of the scene were happening to YOU, how would you react? This question led to the analysis of motivation and objective, both of which have become so commonplace in the theater that they are no longer a style; they are theater basics. What would you do? Why would you do it?

Sandy Meisner
Sandy Meisner 

Emphasis being placed on an actor's response to other people and circumstances, resulting in a specific behavior to produce an emotional, truthful performance without 'faking it'

Exercises designed by Meisner:
Repetition- "In this exercise, two actors sit across from each other and respond to each other through a repeated phrase. The phrase is about each other's behavior, and reflects what is going on between them at the moment, such as "You look unhappy with me right now." The way this phrase is said as it is repeated changes in meaning, tone and intensity to correspond with the behavior that each actor produces towards the other. Through this device, the actor stops thinking of what to say and do, and responds more freely and spontaneously, both physically and vocally. The exercise also eliminates line readings, since the way the actor speaks becomes coordinated with his behavioral response."


The Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities. It is not a series of treatments or exercises, but rather a reeducation of the mind and body. The Alexander Technique is a method which helps a person discover a new balance in the body by releasing unnecessary tension. It can be applied to sitting, lying down, standing, walking, lifting, and other daily activities

Lee StrasbergLee Strasberg

The techniques consist of recalling the circumstances, physical and personal, surrounding an intense emotional experience in the actor’s past and then prepare the character in a story.
Strasberg required that an actor, when preparing for a role, studies (or creates) not only into the character's life in the script, but also, far more importantly, into the character's life before the situation existed at the beginning of the story (which is not mentioned in the script).
Personally, I do not consider Strassberg technique is relevant in contemporary acting for films, TV or commercials

Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen

Uta Hagen (1919-2004) was an American Broadway actress and drama teacher, born in Germany.
Hagen advised actors to learn as much as possible about the character, to research everything related to the character's world. She also devised a series of exercises designed to make the actor more aware of his or her surroundings and wrote lists of questions for actors to answer ("Who am I? Where am I? What do I want? What is in my way of getting what I want?" and others).
Hagen also stressed the importance of doing rather than just standing around. People don't just stand and wait, she said in an example- They fiddle with things. They talk to themselves. They study their environments. They watch people.
In a camera setting for a film, no one should just "wait" without some type of corresponding action. For example, if you are listening to what your Co-actor is talking to you, be curious, observe, understand and respond truthfully with your emotions and physical gestures (such as with your eyes only if you cannot move your other body parts)
Above all, Hagen spoke about honesty, making choices and actions not to "show" any acting but to truly be in the moment.

Stella Adler
Stella Adler

Stella Adler (Stanislavski disciple who studied alongside Strasberg at the Group Theatre in NY) went to Europe to study with Stanislavski, herself. Stanislavski was originally an advocate of depending on an actor's own memory experiences and substituting it to create a "character", but he realized that it was flawed.
Why? Over time, a memory can change. For example a memory that was once traumatized as a kid is now a silly memory. Stella said Strasberg was wrong and formed her branch of American Method. Her version focuses more on imagination and doesn't use past memory in actor's own past life and substitution in creating a "character". You use your imagination to be the character and create the environment. Robert DeNiro, and Marlon Brando were from this school.

Michael Chekhov
Michael Chekhov approach

Michael Chekhov was a student of Stanislavsky’s; his teaching focused on opening the subconscious through external, physical practice. As opposed to “substituting” one’s own father for the father in a scene, or using “affective memory” to personalize the relationship, he advocated creating a fictional father through the use of “archetype” and imagination. He developed the “Psychological Gesture”—a rehearsed confluence of the character’s thoughts, feelings, and desires into a single expressive, physical gesture—to align the senses quickly and with great potency.


If nobody teaches you, I will. 
Come to me and I will train you to be a star in Bollywood!

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Not in a "Character" on Camera? Causes, Result and Solution

Don't be afraid to play a character


  1. Forgetting your lines after the director says "Action"
  2. Not being in a "character" in a particular shot or in the entire scene
  3. The camera catches your gaze, wandering while your Co actor is talking to you
  4. Lack of necessary expressions while delivering your dialog
  5. Lack of required energy level in your performance
  6. Wrong movements (not hitting the mark while walking)
  7. Not using the props properly
  8. Getting stuck with speech, a word or speed


  • Lack of preparation (The reason could also be getting script/lines on the set)
  • Getting distracted with the activities on a set, which is always chaotic before a loud "quite" or "silence"
  • Gossiping with Co actors or crew before or after your shot when you may be having more shots remaining
  • Using your cell phone often


  1. Wandering mind leading to lack of concentration and focus
  2. Poor performance
  3. Multiple retakes of a shot annoying director, producer, DP and crew members
  4. Earning a bad name of a "poor actor" 
  5. Bad publicity and losing opportunities
  6. Shattered dreams of becoming a "Star"

Treatment (Solution)

  • Practice meditation 
  • You have to give yourself strong auto suggestions, repeatedly
  • Practice concentration regularly by focusing your attention on a single object for as long as you can (lamp, table, pan etc.)

When distractions occur:

  • Take a deep breath, hold for 5 seconds and release it very slowly. Repeat this at least 5 times
  • Order your mind by saying "stop" or "stop wondering", Shake your head vigorously for a second and say again "back into", when you notice your mind wandering
  • Pinch your arm or thigh hard
  • Immediately shift your posture to an awkward one 
  • Say to yourself repeatedly "I'm so and so" (Character)
  • Say to yourself positive things like "I can do it", "I will do it" or "I'm good, yes I'm good" to bring back your concentration
  • While on set avoid as far as possible what I have mentioned under "Causes". After all, your career is more important than gossiping, phoning or flirt around. 
  • Speak  only what is relevant and required as a courtesy, on the set. 

(However, this does not mean you do not clarify your doubts with a director or cameraman. For your flawless performance, you must ASK)
If you practice the above regularly, you will tune your mental instrument so well that over a period of time, you will learn to be in a character instantly, irrespective of distractions

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Often Rejected at Auditions? Check These 16 Mistakes

Mistakes in auditions, observed by the author
Mistakes in auditions, observed by the author
Over the past many years, as an actor, I have given auditions and like other aspirants,  made mistakes. In the later years I became a short film maker and an acting coach. Consequently,  my functions made me to attend many auditions, be a keen observer and a learner. This helped me to select right talents for my films and develop my students better as a coach.
I observed that many of the aspiring actors unknowingly fall into some not-so-useful habits that undermine their ability to give an incredible audition and actually enjoy the process.

  1. Lack of commitment: if you don’t believe in your performance, why should I?
  2. Poor choice in monologue (Genre, age, character, script, dialogues)
  3. Poor or no training, and it shows: lack of confidence is certainly a sign of limited experience and though practice in front of an audience: mirrors are great, but they are a poor substitute for an actual audience. We all need critique, a personal acting coach or even a roommate with little experience in theater can help you polish that audition piece!
  4. Trying to make friends with everyone in the waiting room and use it as a time to catch up with that guy you never really liked anyway who was in your acting class.
  5. Trying desperately to relax, without knowing the professional technique for relaxation.
  6. Trying to look calmer and more relaxed than everyone else. Looking at others with pseudo pride to find out how tense are they 
  7. Acting your lines/scene in the waiting room– this includes acting out planned facial responses ie. Surprise, Confusion, Anger looks over- involved.
  8. Ridiculing others who are mime, acting their scene. “I would never do that”
  9. Classifying other actors in the room by age, looks, and attitudes.
  10. After doing above placing yourself in a superior position.
  11. Criticizing yourself for being nervous.
  12. Start discussing with others about your the last role in Balaji serial or in the film directed by Anurag Basu so others will feel inferior causing them to hate you.
  13. Thinking about how much you hate having to wait. “They gave me audition time as 6-40 evening and that was 27 minutes ago. Who do they think they are making me wait? Don’t they know my background? That I’m trained in “Actors Prepares’ by Anupam Kher?
  14. Indulge in negativity: “I’ll never get this. Why am I here? I’m leaving.” Then you hear “Preeti, you’re next.”
  15. Once inside the audition room: start with a funny line or a sudden Hello, how are you guys?” Follow this up with your embarrassed laugh at your own joke. Meanwhile the casting people have been chatting about what to order for lunch. They look up with raised eyebrows at the creature in front of them!
  16. As soon as you’re finished auditioning, you look eagerly at the casting director hoping for an announcement “You got the role” subsequently leaving the room with a heavy heart and without saying thank you.  Cursing yourself, you could have done it better. 

Check: If you slip into any of the above situations or habits and correct them if you have developed.


Being simple and creating audition from your TRUTH is the key to booking roles.
Good Luck for your next audition!

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Grab Bollywood Roles! 8 Golden Rules for Camera Actors

The golden rules to enter Bollywood
Acting for the camera
Acting for the camera

1. About Fear of Forgetting a Line

Don't get tense. A retake can always be taken. The director wants just one good take.

2. Don't Force a Character on Yourself. Find the Character in You 

Don't forget "yourself". Think of the role  "you" are going to play.  In other words, shelves those parts of you that are not matched with those of a character. Study a character, look for traits matching in you and prepare your role accordingly. Making an effort to match every characteristic that of a character may lead to an unreal performance.

3. Bottom line of Each Scene

Find out something New about it everytime to keep the interest of viewers alive.

4. Don't Worry About Quality of Your Performance

You have taken a lot of pain to prepare yourself professionally. Just start confidently on "Action".

Use Physicalization

Viewers can measure you with two senses only out of five. These are "See" and "Hear". Therefore, physicalization  and voice is important to communicate, even subtle physical movements and a soft whisper. Use your entire acting instrument (whole body). However, avoid excessive physicalization especially with your face (particularly if it's "a close" shot).

5. Take Time to Cross Bridge From...

A. Between stimulus and response
Example: In a scene, your partner abuses you. You are replying  instantly because you know your partner's dialogues beforehand. This will look unreal and will be wrong. Here, "an abuse" by your partner is your "stimulus" to respond, with appropriate feelings. Listen, wait for 10 seconds for your mind to register, and then shoot your dialogue.
B. From one subject to another (shock, sudden happening, joke, another subject, slipping, dropping something)

6. Change Your Rhythm

Based on changes in script's dynamics (Read this post)

7. Don't Be Afraid.

A. Speak with authority, even when you know you are wrong eg  you have forgotten a word or a line. Just continue. Let the director decide what to do.
B. Avoid uncertainty or hesitation at any cost. It's a deadly sin

8. Fear and Tension

The only solution to fear and tension is pass "through it"!
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Trust Yourself and Succeed!

Trust Yourself and Succeed!
Tricks and Tips