What matters most is the fact that you’re an actor, and not about the place you hail from. The process of acting is so pure, but youngsters who wish to join the industry, just complicate things by thinking too much, which only leads to anguish. May be, having a Bollywood background will make things slightly easy for someone who wants to be an actor, but it’s not really a cakewalk for them as well. At the end of it, each one has their share of hardships and struggle.
Bollywood has opened its arms and welcomes new and fresh talent. The increase in the number of films belonging to different genres, has also seen an increase in the demand for fresh talent. All this has also led to the increase in the number of theatres that have proliferated to accommodate the swelling number of films. The audience is now more accepting of newcomers and new genre films.
The Hindi film industry is going through a revolutionary change with visionary film-makers like Tigmanshu Dhulia, Imtiaz Ali, Rajkumar Hirani, Abhishek Kapoor experimenting with different subjects. A sense of professionalism has entered not only in our dealings but also in how we talk and conduct ourselves. There are various production houses like Excel Entertainment who are at par with any Hollywood production houses or studios. Films are made within specific deadlines and everything is very professionally managed. There is an all-round change not only in the storytelling techniques but also in how we depict it on the screen.
Everyone faces challenges and hardships during their initial years. If you are an outsider, probably you will go through financial problems, since Mumbai is a very expensive place to survive. It’s difficult to get a break and it is very disheartening when one constantly faces rejection. You have to be strong and believe in yourself and pursue your dreams till the end. It is definitely difficult for an outsider to build contacts, but one should have faith in one’s abilities. Hard work, patience and dedication helps in shaping one’s destiny.
When you are doing a movie with a good production house, then be rest assured that the film will be promoted well, and you will gain good mileage, as they know how to promote new talent. When Kai Po Che released, the audience came to watch a UTV film and not the actors. Newcomers should not have unnecessary expectations, but instead concentrate on their work, and have faith that in the future, people will come to see the actor in the film.
I have seen youngsters entering Bollywood with the wrong notion, that ‘I am entering an industry of unknown people’. We should remember that we are artistes and are a part of an entertainment industry, a profession. Honesty, hardwork, dedication and faith in oneself will help far more than familiarity in the long run.
As told to Dhwani Mody