Bol­ly­wood ac­tors go be­hind the cam­era

HT City - - Entertainment - Juhi Chakraborty juhi.chakraborty@htlive.com

As an ac­tor [di­rect­ing a film], you un­der­stand your ac­tors, their in­se­cu­ri­ties, and have em­pa­thy for them RAJAT KAPOOR, AC­TOR-DI­REC­TOR Di­rect­ing gives the high­est of highs be­cause you are the cap­tain of the ship. You are in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of film­mak­ing SHREYAS TALPADE, AC­TOR

Film di­rec­tion has turned out to be the ul­ti­mate 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 soon 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 in Lip­stick Un­der My Burkha, months after her suc­cess­ful de­but di­rec­to­rial, A Death In The Gunj, came out.

Ex­plain­ing the rea­son be­hind the trend, ac­tordi­rec­tor Rajat Kapoor feels di­rec­tion al­lows for greater cre­ative ex­pres­sion, not to for­get the fact that film­mak­ers with an act­ing back­ground tend to un­der­stand ac­tors’ chal­lenges bet­ter. “When you work as an ac­tor, it is 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,” says Rajat.

Shreyas Talpade, who turned di­rec­tor with Poster Boys, doesn’t feel that do­ing act­ing and di­rec­tion to­gether was a chal­lenge. He ex­plains, “Di­rect­ing gives the high­est of highs be­cause you are the cap­tain of the ship. You are in­volved in ev­ery as­pect of film­mak­ing — story, screen­play, di­a­logues.”

Ac­tor Rahul Bose, too, has been a part of the star cast of his maiden di­rec­to­rial ven­ture, the much-ac­claimed Poorna (2017).

Re­spond­ing to this shift, trade an­a­lyst Ko­mal Nahta opines, “It is more com­mon now be­cause dif­fer­ent kinds of movies are be­ing made and they’re work­ing as well. Now, a mid­dle-of-the-road cin­ema has come into be­ing. I think there is more free­dom now, and peo­ple are more se­cure about turn­ing directors.”

PHOTO:YOGEN SHAH

PHOTO:YOGEN SHAH

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