Bollywood actors go behind the camera
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.”