Mithun’s ad­vice for young ac­tors

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Time Out - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com

Na­tional award-win­ning vet­eran ac­tor Mithun Chakraborty (right) is some­one who has acted in Hindi, Ben­gali, Oriya and Tel­ugu films. Only some­one with such a vast ex­pe­ri­ence can dole out tips for new­com­ers in the world of cin­ema. His ad­vice: Fo­cus on tal­ent and not just looks!

“If you have tal­ent, you have the ca­pa­bil­ity to crack it in the film in­dus­try. You can be in main­stream or re­gional film in­dus­try, but if you’re not per­sis­tent with your ef­forts, you can’t do any­thing. So, young­sters must con­cen­trate more on tal­ent than [looks and] six pack abs,” says Chakraborty.

The 67-year-old, who has done films such as Mri­gayaa (1976), Disco Dancer (1982) and Agneepath (1991) has also judged a dance show on TV. His cur­rent project on the sil­ver screen is com­edy show, The Drama Com­pany, wherein he’s work­ing with co­me­di­ans such as Krushna Ab­hishek, Ali As­gar and Su­gandha Mishra.

On re­turn­ing to TV af­ter a break, Mithun shares, “I had been work­ing for al­most 300 days out of 365 days in a year, and sud­denly be­cause of back pain, I was bedrid­den. I’ve not seen the cam­era for al­most two years. I feel good get­ting back in ac­tion. Tele­vi­sion has be­come huge to­day and it’s good to be part of such a show that brings some­thing new to peo­ple.”

Is he ner­vous? “Yes, be­cause all of them [co­me­di­ans] are es­tab­lished ac­tors on TV. I don’t know how I’ll be able to per­form with them on the plat­form,” adds Chakraborty.

Young­sters must con­cen­trate more on tal­ent than six-pack abs... If you have tal­ent, you have the ca­pa­bil­ity to crack it in the film in­dus­try

MITHUN CHAKRABORTY, AC­TOR

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