Shaleen goes back to school

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Over 10 years in the in­dus­try, ac­tor Shaleen Bhanot has fea­tured in TV shows such as Surya­pu­tra Karn and Sher-e-Pun­jab: Ma­haraja Ran­jit Singh. Now, the ac­tor has de­cided to en­rol in a three-month course at The Lee Stras­berg Theatre & Film In­sti­tute in New York, USA, to “learn and un­learn” act­ing.

Ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion, Shaleen says, “This is an ex­cit­ing phase in my life and I am very thrilled to be do­ing this. You get work ac­cord­ing to your abil­i­ties and skills, and I have been keen to learn new things with ev­ery TV show. In Ma­haraja Ran­jit Singh, I learnt Pun­jabi, and in Surya­pu­tra Karn, I learnt chaste Hindi and had to gain weight for the role. With ev­ery role, I love try­ing out a new facet or new skills. Af­ter do­ing these shows, I wanted to hone my craft and learn and un­learn act­ing. I have done many shows in my ca­reer, but I still feel like I am a new­comer, and do­ing a course in the West will add new flavour to my craft. I have never had the time to hone my skills, as I have been work­ing non-stop all these years. This time, I wanted to gain knowl­edge.”

Shaleen flies off to the US this week, and once there, he plans to touch base with agents in Hol­ly­wood and try his luck there. “It is ex­cit­ing to even think that I will be study­ing in a city that is the big­gest mar­ket for show busi­ness in the world. My mo­tive is knowl­edge, but if I get a good op­por­tu­nity to work there, I will surely ac­cept. I will get in touch with peo­ple and see what works out,” he says.

Shaleen Bhanot

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