Bol­ly­wood ac­tors go be­hind the cam­era

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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.”

PHOTO: RAHUL RAUT

Konkona Sen Sharma

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