Suggestion for Youngers

Deepak Rao, my friend from Allahabad, called me yesterday. After formal questions he asked me if his cousin would come to Mumbai to make his career in acting? His phone was on loudspeaker. I suggested him not to send his cousin here for acting. I gave him my example, with no rupee balance in phone, wandering in Aram Nagar, Four Bungalows in Andheri West. One TVC ad, two digital ads, some episodic tv shows and just finished. Okay, everyone here is not like me. I also suggested that if his cousin is determined to come here, send him with time limits, and with enough financial backups too. Here trend has been changed. Everyone needs six-pack-abs, tall, fair, model looking heroic personality. Ok some exceptions are always everywhere but, I suggested to Deepak, if he watch TV artists, they all are rich looking, upmarket people. Mostly rich look is in requirements, average looking actors are rare who get continuity lead characters in TV. Of course, I am not talking about Marathi TV. They are much better than us.
Everyone has different experiences, different approach to observe their experience too, so their opinions are also different on same point. I would never suggest youngers to come in Mumbai for acting if they belong to poor or average financial backgrounds.
I didn’t talk to Deepak’s cousin. I think he would not listen me.
12:05 pm Friday 7th July 2017

Theatre Games Are Better Than Other Sports!

When I was young, before my teenage, I used to play cricket. Later at my 18 when I started theatre, I came to know that good games are not to win or lose. Games are also not for just entertainment but it’s to help one to develop personality, team spirit, to make social, to keep physically and mentally healthy. Theatre Games are like that. Since then I never been interested in cricket or that kind of other games. I prefer theatre games more.
In cricket or football or other games which are played to win, are seen as war. Theese kind of sports are not good for human society. I see, two teams are there. 11 players from India and other 11 from Pakistan. TV media project and advertise it as it’s war between India and Pakistan. Team playing from India is not India. People playing from Pakistan are Pakistani but they are not Pakistan. Audience are kept fool using their emotions. People of both nations watch cricket match as its matter of their national pride. Peace and Calmness of mind are destroyed this way. 
I believe, the team plays well, wins. Simple. We should take it just sport not a war. 

On other hand – it seems good that people has replaced war with sports, ..ok, but both of the nations should take cricket as normal sport, that some young players are playing for their entertainment, rest of us no need to be worried for any of these teams. Winning of Indian or Pakistani team is not defeat or matter of shame for India or Pakistan.
..but, they know how to cash our hate for each other. They know how to play with our emotions. Hockey or football is not so popular so they use cricket because most of population like cricket. So they project sports as war.
If we understand their game of hate, all such types of games will be stopped. 
Theatre teach no hate. Theatre teach real team spirit, cooperation, trust on self and others, theatre helps to nourish love and respect for everyone. Theatre doesn’t make Indian or Pakistani, it makes broad minded good person with open heart.
12:45 p.m. Tuesday 6th June 2017

Real India Is Out Of TV Screens!

Ta – Yes?
Wo – Came for audition.
Ta – Reference?
Wo – Direct.
Ta – Only shortlisted auditions are going on.
Wo – Can I ask to casting person if I’m fit for the requirements?
Ta – No no.. he is busy. Take this email ID and send your profile. They will call you if you are required.
Wo – Ok

This is what happens mostly in production houses. If I visit audition studio to ask if any audition is going on or not, I get the answers are 

“Not Fit”

“Only UpMarket Look”

“Rich Look only”

“Now is casting for Leads only”

“No”

An average Indian is not white, not Tall! But they look fair people for Indian characters. Rich look means person belongs to upper or upper middle class family but Dhiru Bhai Ambani was not a rich looking man.
If they are casting for historical tv series, their requirements will be – Tall, above 6′, good built, 6 or 8 packs abs, fair..

— Shiva Ji was not 6′ tall. He was around 4′ and a thin. He, who belonged to a low-cost, untouchable community, rose to become an emperor, was not fair-skinned guy. Raja Raam, founder king of Bharatpur kingdom was said be normal looking man who used to wear a turban, no special expensive clothes. He used to wear just Kopin like all other his people.
What about Maharaja Ranjit Singh??

He was said to be an average physique man with spotted face, his one eye was damaged, according to a British historian.
Ok, if I leave these characters of historical tv series, mythological tv series also have such blunder casting mistakes. Every Hindu person knows that Krishna, Shiva and Rama were not fair-skinned men. Krishna, revealed by his name, was Black. Rama also was black and of course, Laxman was described more handsome than his elder brother. Shiva, who lives in mountains and popular among tribals was heavy-built but not fair-skinned, of course.

— What we have been being watched on television??

Achchha!!

It’s matter of business! They have to run a show to earn money so they can’t show real faces on screen.
Real India has definitely grown up but it is still around in small cities and kasbas, not in metros, but people sitting inside channels are generation of burger & pizza. They don’t know taste of India! What they eat, they serve us.
20:36 Saturday 6th May 2017

दिखाने को दिखाना ज़रूरी है।

दिखाओ कि तुम दिखा रहे हो! उन तमाम विविध अन्दाज़ों में
जिन्हें तुम तब दिखाते हो, जब यह दिखाना होता है
कि लोग कैसे अपनी भूमिकाएँ अदा करते हैं,
दिखाने का अन्दाज़ कभी नहीं भूलना चाहिए
हर अन्दाज़ के पीछे दिखाने का अन्दाज़ मौजूद होना चाहिए
यह इस तरह होगा : यह दिखाने से पहले
कि कैसे कोई आदमी किसी को धोखा देता है या
ईर्ष्या से भर उठता है, या कोई सौदा पक्का करता है,
पहले दर्शकों की तरफ़ देखो, गोया तुम कहना चाहते हो :
‘अब ज़रा ग़ौर करें, यह आदमी किसी को धोखा
दे रहा है और इस तरह से दे रहा है,
जब वह ईष्या से भर उठता है तब ऐसा दीखता है,
और जब सौदा तय करता है तो ऐसे करता है’
इस तरह तुम्हारे दिखावे में दिखाने का अन्दाज़ आएगा,
जो भी बनाकर तैयार किया गया है उसे पेश करने का, पूरा करने का
और लगातार आगे बढ़ने का अन्दाज़
सो दिखाओ कि जो तुम दिखाते हो वह ऐसा है जिसे रोज ही दिखाते हो
और पहले भी अक़सर दिखा चुके हो, और तुम्हारा नाटक
किसी बुनकर के बुनाई करने सरीखा, किसी शिल्पकार की कृति सरीखा होगा
और जो चीज़ दिखाने से जुड़ी है, जैसे कि देखने को
ज़्यादा आसान बनाने में तुम्हारी लगातार दिलचस्पी,
हर प्रसंग केा हमेशा बेहतरीन ढंग से दिखाने की पूरी कोशिश,
उसे भी तुम्हें प्रकट करना चाहिए, तब यह सब
धोखा देना और सौदा करना और ईष्या से भर उठना
रोज़मर्रा के कार्य–व्यापार का स्वभाव लिये हुए होगा,
मसलन खाना खाने, सुबह नमस्कार करने
और अपना काम करने सरीखा (आख़िर तुम काम ही तो कर रहे हो न?)
और मंच पर
अपनी भूमिकाओं के पीछे तुम्हें ख़ुद भी उन्हें अदा करने वालों
के रूप में दिखते रहना होगा।
(दिखाने को दिखाना ज़रूरी है)

— ​बर्तोल्त ब्रेख़्त
अनु. : मंगलेश डबराल

(Whatsapp Post)

Just a Performer! 

How long you have been doing comedy?
Life is making fun of me, how I dare to do comedy?
So you don’t do comedy?
Never! I laugh at myself and people support me, that’s it.
Who brought you here?
I don’t know. Maybe it’s ..it’s God like thing sent us all here.
Who invited you here for performance?
I am a performer. I perform. I have done performances in small bogi of train, railway stations, small streets in villages and cities, on stages and television also.
Aaah! Someone please get him out of here!
*
I have done my dinner.

I’m sleepy.
*
22:06 Saturday 15th April 2017

I Am What I Am!

Alok Ulfat sent an invitation msg in Dulari Dhamal Whatsapp group, few days ago. I was not sure to go there but when he asked us all if we were interested to meet him again after a long time, Bhaskar Bhaiya and me replied in positive way. Today was the meeting, like a Get Together of his disciples. Most of actors there came today were new for me. I knew only Bhaskar Bhaiya & Vinay. Sakshi also came there with us but it was her first time to meet Alok.
Well, I didn’t bring anything to eat. Alok asks everyone to bring something for eat. All we share with each other our food, it’s nice tradition he has started in among his disciples.

Note :- Alok doesn’t make desciple!
*
All we people were sitting in veranda in Little Raina, a girl asked me

‘Where are cups?’

I indicated to the kitchen.

She asked again for spoons and I said 

‘There!’ Indicating towards kitchen.

She continued, ‘Are you here….’

‘Na, Im not’ I replied with smile.

Her expression got changed and she moved to the kitchen.
She misunderstood me as Studio Boy, maybe because my clothing was poor. Old red t-shirt, green half pent, torn shoes, ..I was looking dirty because I directly went there after finishing my Tai Chi class in morning. Realizing what she thought me, I said ‘Yeh To Gadbad Ho Gai.’
*
I got in the bus, took ticket for Machhlimar bus stop. I was going to Little Raina, in Aram Nagar to meet Alok Ulfat. I could not recognize the bus stop and was about to get off on Picnic Cottage, but stopped. Two inspectors were already standing there to check passengers’ tickets. Because I was in the gate, they thought me stopped to see them. They came closer to the bus and asked me to show them ticket. I did, then they allowed thr bus to go. Machhlimar bus stop was next.
*
In both of the incidents, I was misunderstood. Ticket checkers thought me a WT while the girl thought me office boy. I am what I am.
I’m not changed.

My clothes were dirty, I was little tired after Tai Chi, I was, maybe smelling too, but I had ticket, and I am not Studio Boy.
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19:35 Saturday 15th April 2017

No Actor Is Good Or Bad!

Sabet is an actor has done some small characters in some movies. Yesterday evening I was in front of 62 for an audition, Sabet came and requested the casting guy for taking his audition. I was also in que. The casting person gave us a blank paper for making a que sheet. Sabet took the responsibility and he started writing names of artists standing there according to their arrival sequence. An actor, also was in que, objected Sabet’s making que sheet. He thought, Sabet is writing other friends name also who has not come yet. As a result there was a small fuss among actors in front of the studio. Finally, we 5 people were called inside for audition because our names. Sabet’s mind got disturbed because of the mess. His performance in audition was not so good. When my turn was came, I also could not perform well but the casting person especially asked me to send him my complete profile.
We all 5 people came out of the studio, next 5 people went inside. Sabet was saying to another actor, “No actor is good or bad, but the performance.” He added more, “I know, I sometimes don’t do well but people who watch me on screen praise me.”
I am sure he was not saying this to ignore his bad performance in the audition. I also have experienced the same. First time when I was selected here for crime show, my performance was great in audition according to the production house but I did so worst in shoot that many people there were laughing at me and the director replaced me from some of my scenes with my co-actor. I know I’m not a great actor, but I’m not so bad that I would be treated such way. The fact is, I didn’t perform well in my first shoot for crime show, unit members were laughing at me, director was cursing me, he even had left the shoot when I was in scene. I had to face much insult as an actor in that shoot.
I’m average but I have long range for performance. I can do well and worst beyond my level. If one sees my act as Charlie Chaplin in Sharon Plywood Unbreakable ad, I’m appreciated. If one would see my act in my first crime show, I would be criticized like hell. I agree with words “No actor is good or bad, but the performance.” 
22:24 Friday 14th April 2017