One might think that some of these celebrities in Bollywood, who haven't gone to acting schools, must have learned the craft while they were on the job. And while that may have worked for some, that's not always the case, especially now that the audience is looking for performers instead of just pretty faces. Film critic Anupama Chopra revealed that while speaking to Bollywood starlets Katrina Kaif and Jacqueline Fernandez, she found out that even though they are huge names in Bollywood right now, it still doesn't stop them from getting acting classes and honing their skills.
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I thought sitting down would help my height problem a little but clearly no such luck @katrinakaif and I spoke about #bharat, what she wants now as an actor (a female buddy cop film & an Indira Gandhi biopic) & of course relationships - I asked her how does one ask you out on a date and she demonstrated exactly how!! #comingsoon on @filmcompanion. #film #interview #artist #bollywood
Katrina has been in the industry since 2003. For films such as Welcome and Singh is King, she was never given a script, both of which went on to become hits. Anupama explained that throughout Katrina's career, conversations have always been about her beauty, dance skills or personal life but never about her acting, until last year's Zero. While the film failed to fare well at the box office, Katrina's performance as a self-destructive star was appreciated by many. Speaking on getting acting workshops, Katrina told Anupama, "Regardless of how the director works, there’s certain work which I now make sure I do for myself. I ask myself, 'How do I up my game? How do I better myself?' It’s just that simple."
Much like Katrina, Jacqueline's been in Bollywood for a long time. Not having received any prior training either, she has been in the industry for over 10 years with about 20 films under her belt so far. She told Anupama, "When I first came to the industry, I was getting work but I wasn’t a trained actor and I thought I could get away with this. I was going day by day and just kind of winging it, to be honest.” The actress even confessed that during her early days, she didn't even know the difference between a director and a producer. But it wasn't until last year that she realised that she needed to get some training as well because she didn't want to sign scripts like she had always done.
Enrolling in acting classes in Los Angeles, Jacqueline said, "I now have a new-found respect for this thing that we do." However, she also added that the industry is not very demanding when it comes to actresses uping their skills. The 33-year-old told Anupama that when she told people in the industry, that she was going to get acting classes, they asked her why. A few also told her not to make it public as it would ruin her image in Bollywood. But we don't think so. Good luck to these girls for uping their way and being dedicated to their craft like no other.