Casting director Mukesh Chhabra: Would urge aspiring actors to practice their craft

What your heart feels is right, that is right.”
Mukesh Chhabra concluded, “Many aspiring actors become negative when they don’t get opportunities, or when they don’t get the kind of roles they want to play on screen. You should just follow that. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
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Mukesh Chhabra We are doing casting for a Hansal Mehta film, Aanand L Rai’s film, Anubhav Sinha’s film and a couple of web series. So many things are going on right now. Record your performances, you judge them and make it better every day. The world has changed, so should we. It is a process. He said, “One has to be honest. That’s all that is needed. It is an important phase in any actor’s life. For some people, acting from heart works, for other, being spontaneous works. During the session, Chhabra revealed how he is spending his time at home during lockdown. Once you are short-listed, then come down to Mumbai and give an audition. We do 200-300 auditions per day as there are so many projects going on simultaneously. Use the time productively. Our work has not stopped. I want to to tell them that they should not get depressed or become negative. So, people are sending me their auditions and introductions. I am able to see more auditions and I am able to give more detailed feedback,” Chhabra said. We are just doing it from home.”
One viewer asked Mukesh Chhabra to suggest good acting schools. When asked how many people actually end up becoming actors, he said, “On a normal day, 2000-2500 aspiring actors walk into our office, just to hand over an introduction. It is a struggle in every sense. It is a job that is very close to my heart, so I tend to take it very seriously. During the session, Chhabra was asked if he believes in method acting. Written by Komal RJ Panchal
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Updated: April 1, 2020 3:59:07 pm

Casting director Mukesh Chhabra shared tips for aspiring actors (Photo: Instagram/mukeshchhabra). Never call this period as your struggle period. It is also not important to come to Mumbai for auditions. As you practice, you come to know what works for you. Join a good local theatre group and keep doing theatre. It even might be difficult but it is an important process to make an actor of yourself. I try to motivate as many people as I can.”
πŸ“£ The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Bollywood casting director Mukesh Chhabra went live from The Indian Express’ Facebook page on Tuesday. I have posted on my social media platforms about the requirements we are looking at right now for future projects. Some have a method and some really get into the character. It might be longer that you would like it to be. He also shared tips for aspiring actors, and how it is important for anyone to work on their craft if they want to be an actor. One can now easily send introductions and auditions online. So there is no one set method of acting. You can’t be saying one thing and acting some other way. The casting director said, “No, I don’t believe in method acting. “I am constantly getting calls and emails from people. It is not easy to be in Mumbai. This is the perfect time for people sitting at home to send me auditions. You won’t always get so much time to practice on your craft.”
A fan asked Mukesh Chhabra what is the first impression that an aspiring actor should make on a casting director. What is more important is to do theatre. You don’t need to be over sweet or over nervous. He said, “It is not really necessary to learn acting from an acting school. Your respect for your work should be your body language. This initial phase is your road to reach your dream, so give it your best. Chhabra remarked, “Just pick up one scene from a movie every day, and enact it the way you want to do it. That’s it.”
There is a new crop of actors who call themselves method actors. We do a lot of online and digital auditions now.”

So how can this lockdown help aspiring actors? It might take three months or six months or even a year. I take casting personally. I hope more and more people follow this.