Acting is a mix of talent and craft; can be taught: Manoj Bajpayee
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.
Manoj Bajpayee will be seen next in Aiyaary