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Five life skills you get to learn as a Bollywood actor

Bollywood actors add to their skills, as they immerse themselves in the world of movies, developing talents that did not belong to them originally.

Written by Parmita Uniyal | New Delhi |
Updated: October 14, 2014 2:19:35 pm
alia-main Bollywood actors sometimes miss out on keeping a tab on current events

Alia Bhatt was ridiculed for her IQ levels, till she joined a ‘brain gym’ (read the story); Kareena Kapoor was blissfully ignorant of India’s Mars Mission. Bollywood actors sometimes miss out on keeping a tab on current events, but one thing we fail to notice is the constant addition to their skills, as they immerse themselves in the world of movies, while developing talents that did not belong to them originally. Here’s what you can learn while pursuing your career as a Bollywood actor.

1. You learn new languages
Sure, you can mug up those dialogues, but considering the stiff competition and emphasis on natural acting, actors these days are more than eager to learn new languages for their films. Priyanka Chopra learnt Telugu for Thoofan (Zanjeer), Marathi for Agneepath and Kaminey and is now brushing up Marathi for her role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani. Ditto with SRK and Deepika, who learnt bits and pieces of Tamil for Chennai Express. Katrina Kaif learnt Hindi from scrath for her career in Bollywood. Dhanush, Lisa Haydon, Kalki are among other actors who stuggled with Hindi.

2. You can learn dance from scratch and excel at it
Katrina Kaif was not a natural dancer. She could barely get her movements right in films like Boom and Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya. But like her career, she was serious about mastering this art too. Much sweat and practice have gone behind those oh-so-perfect steps in Chikni Chameli, Sheila Ki Jawani and Mashallah. The actress reportedly took 10 extra days just to perfect those tough steps while shooting for Chikni Chameli. Moral of the story? You can learn anything on earth if you put your heart and soul into it.

3. Fitness becomes a lifelong companion
As an actor, you are expected to look fit on screen. It then becomes a habit. Many actors who were not fitness conscious before making their way to Bollywood, now swear by it. While old timers like Rekha, Neetu Kapoor, Hema Malini are at their fittest best, newbies Sonam Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Arjun Kapoor resembled a baloon before they got bitten by the acting bug, but are now fit and healthy.

4. You learn self defense techniques
Rani Mukerji got a rigrous training in Israeli martial arts called ‘Krav Maga’ for her film Mardaani. Shahid Kapoor too learnt Parkour, a discipline of overcoming obstacles in the path, for Mausam. The film released and flopped, but Shahid must be glad that he learnt a new skill. Akshay Kumar, a fitness and adventure sport enthusiast keeps learning new fitness techniques along with his films. Tiger Shroff also got trained in Parkour simultaneously with his acting debut in Heropanti. These skills definitely add to your mental horizon.

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5. You become a better person
Travelling changes you as a person. Be it exploring new places, appreciating nature, or surviving with only basic facilities, Bollywood shooting requires travelling and that transforms you as a person. Actress Alia Bhatt said she did everything from sleeping under the tree to sitting on the road and eat while travelling to different destinations in Highway. The end result? The journey helped her connect with her inner self. “I don’t know how much it helped me to grow as an actor, but the film got me to know things about myself that I didn’t know,” said Alia had said.

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