ACTING AS A CAREER IN BOLLYWOOD – 6 : SAMAR JAI SINGH
This is in continuation with my previous Blog (20/10/12)
‘’WHAT IT TAKES TO SUCCEED AS AN ACTOR IN BOLLYWOOD’’
HOW WELL ONE ADMINISTERS HIS/HER RESOURCES
It is a ruthless dog bite dog profession, where the battle for success is long and tedious. Once you achieve success that success too is fleeting. Thus the struggle and striving is constant in this Bollywood acting career.
Those who taste success also go through phases when acting jobs elude them. Keeping this uncertainly in mind, one has to be very careful with his/her resources, So that one can sail through the lean phase when one is jobless or that depressing time when a young actor is on look out for his/her first breakthrough.
A little brain storming will make you realize, what are the resources for an actor who is preparing for a long fruitful career in Bollywood. Most important is your funding, monitarily you have to be secured.
Once late Mr.Prakash Mehra the legendry film maker who made Amitabh Bachchan ‘’THE AMITABH BACHACHAN’’ gave me a wonderful insight. It was 1995 February, his project ‘’SAMRAAT ASHOK’’ in which I was essaying the title role of ‘’EMPEROR ASHOKA’’ was stalled due to a legal tangle with Mr.O.P Ralhan. I was sitting with Prakashji in his office , he could sense that I was depressed and hard up with money. He wrote a cheque of Rs.20000/- (That was quite a big amount that time) and offered me, I was reluctant to accept as I was not shooting for him and felt it was not right taking that money, he very warmly said ‘’Samarbabu ladai ladne ke liye pet bhara hona chahiye’’ (you can’t fight a battle empty stomach ).
Prakashji was a father figure to me, who gave me my first major break. His words have embedded a permanent impression in my subconscious. I always suggest all young acting aspirants to be very careful with your resources. Make savings a habit, an actor never works through out the year, at an average an actor works 9-10 months in an year so save for the rainy day, which are quite frequent.
Other important resource for an actor is his body, take very good care of it. Never abuse your body with over indulgence. You need not have a well sculpted body, but when some one sees you, he should sense that this guy respects himself and takes his profession seriously.
‘’IT IS THE BODY WHICH IS THE VEHICLE FOR YOUR CRAFT’’
I have seen many actors, when running through a rough phase get depressed, and fall victim of over indulgence with alcohol and even do drugs, So be careful, hit the gym, workout regularly….. look and feel fit.
Between two projects when you are left with lots of time in your hands, make the best use of it, instead of killing time and getting negative about things, work on your self, utilize that time to refine your craft.
What does an actor need to do to ENRICH HIS/HER CRAFT ? Wait for the next blog…………
SAMAR JAI SIMGH