Bollywood actors go behind the camera
F ilm direction has turned out to be a great destination for actors looking to exercise their creativity, with several Bollywood stars choosing to go behind the camera lately. After actor Kangana Ranaut announced that she would be directing a comedy, we look at the reasons this trend is fast catching up.
Earlier this year, actor Konkona Sen Sharma successfully emulated her mother, actor-director Aparna Sen, by returning to the big screen with Lipstick Under My Burkha, months after her successful debut directorial, A Death In The Gunj (2016), came out.
Explaining the reason behind the trend, actordirector Rajat Kapoor feels direction allows for greater creative expression, and filmmakers with an acting background tend to understand actors’ challenges better. “When you work as an actor, you’re following somebody else’s vision. You direct a film for complete creative expression. As an actor [directing a film], you understand your actors, their insecurities, and have empathy for them,” he says.
Shreyas Talpade, who turned director with Poster Boys, doesn’t feel that doing acting and direction together was a challenge. He explains, “Directing gives you the highest of highs because you are the captain of the ship. You are involved in every aspect of filmmaking — story, screenplay, dialogues.”
Responding to this shift, trade analyst Komal Nahta says, “It is more common now because different kinds of movies are being made and they’re working as well. I think there is more freedom now, and people are more secure about turning to direction.”
Konkona Sen Sharma