The craft of act­ing can be taught: Ba­j­payee

‘THE CRAFT OF ACT­ING CAN BE TAUGHT’

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Na­tional Award win­ning ac­tor Manoj Ba­j­payee, whose forth­com­ing re­lease is Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary, says the craft of act­ing can be taught, but it needs re­lent­less pas­sion from the learner.

So, can act­ing be taught or does it come from the ex­pe­ri­ences of life?

Manoj, whose ap­pli­ca­tion to the Na­tional School of Drama (NSD) was re­jected mul­ti­ple times, said: “I think the craft of act­ing can be taught. Yes, there’s a lot we em­brace from the ex­pe­ri­ence of life and to a cer­tain point, there is in­born tal­ent. But act­ing is a mix of tal­ent and craft.

“I know many av­er­age ac­tors, who learnt the craft rightly and with the years of prac­tice, they have man­aged to find their way. That is why we go to some of the great in­sti­tutes in our coun­try like NSD and Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia. Some of the great­est per­son­al­i­ties of the craft visit there to teach young­sters about act­ing.

“Hav­ing said that, I be­lieve one can only teach you the art of act- ing if you are pas­sion­ate about it...this art form comes from pas­sion.”

In Aiyaary, Manoj shares the frame with young ac­tor Sid­harth Mal­ho­tra. He is im­pressed by Sid­harth’s in­ter­est in learn­ing.

“I love to share my ex­pe­ri­ence with young­sters, es­pe­cially with those who have an in­ter­est to learn the craft. I have been con­duct­ing act­ing work­shops from the age of 26 when I learn it from Barry John. When Mal­ho­tra called me and showed his in­ter­est to know more about act­ing, I was more than happy to share.

“While shoot­ing, I do not try to cor­rect any­body be­cause that is the director’s area. But off the set, if a young­ster like Mal­ho­tra is will­ing to learn, for me, shar­ing be­comes all the more en­joy­able,” Ba­j­payee said.

Giv­ing a glimpse into the story of Aiyaary, he said: “The story re­volves around a men­tor and pro­tegee and the ide­ol­ogy be­tween two dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions. The jour­ney of these two char­ac­ters that I and Sid­harth are play­ing is the life of the story.

“Yes, there are some look changes in the film which comes in some of the cru­cial parts of the film, but more­over, the story is very in­ter­est­ing.”

In the past, Ba­j­payee has worked with director Neeraj Pandey in films like Spe­cial 26, Saat Uchakkey and Naam Sha­bana. So how has their re­la­tion­ship evolved?

“I think my bond­ing has evolved with Pandey film to film. Off the set, we meet many times and talk a lot about shar­ing ideas and opin­ions. We are on the same wave­length in­tel­lec­tu­ally and as creative peo­ple,” Ba­j­payee replied.

Start­ing his ca­reer in 1994, Manoj has strug­gled through life and most of his con­tent-driven films were not well-pro­moted.

He has opened up to the me­dia and in­dulges in pro­mo­tional ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Well, it is some­thing that needs to be done and to an ex­tent all, we ac­tors are hap­pily do­ing it”.

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