Act­ing is a mix of tal­ent and craft; can be taught: Manoj Ba­j­payee

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Na­tional Award-win­ning ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­payee re­cently said that the craft of act­ing can be taught, but it needs re­lent­less pas­sion from the learner.

Manoj, whose ap­pli­ca­tion to the Na­tional School of Drama (NSD) was re­jected mul­ti­ple times, said, “I think the craft of act­ing can be taught. Yes, there’s a lot we em­brace from the ex­pe­ri­ence of life and to a cer­tain point, there is an in­born tal­ent. But act­ing is a mix of tal­ent and craft.” He went on to say, “I know many av­er­age ac­tors who learned the craft, and with years of prac­tice, they have man­aged to find their way. That’s why we go to some of the great in­sti­tutes in our coun­try. Hav­ing said that, I be­lieve one can teach you the art of act­ing if you are pas­sion­ate about it... This art form comes from pas­sion,” he ex­plained. In his up­com­ing film Aiyaary, di­rected by Neeraj Pandey, Manoj shares the frame with Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra. Im­pressed by Sid­harth’s in­ter­est in learn­ing, Manoj said, “I love to share my ex­pe­ri­ence with young­sters, es­pe­cially with those who have an in­ter­est to learn the craft. When Sid­harth called me and showed his in­ter­est to know more about the craft of act­ing, I was more than happy to share. I don’t cor­rect any­body while shoot­ing as that’s the di­rec­tor’s job. But off the set, if a young­ster, like Sid­harth, is will­ing to learn, for me, shar­ing be­comes all the more en­joy­able,” he said.

PHOTO: AMAL KS/HT

Manoj Ba­j­payee will be seen next in Aiyaary

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