I know a lot of Bollywood fanatics, and many people from a young age, who have aspired to become the next Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan or even Karishma Kapoor (I suppose I am beginning to show my age now!)
Undoubtedly a lot of people want to get into Bollywood, however, it can be a long and arduous task. It takes a lot of dedication and REJECTION-Something I know everyone hates more than anything in the world.
Our expert Naila Mugal, an agent and production specialist who came on the show has worked on various films and helped find extras to take part in Pakistani, Indian and Bengali films shoots in the UK.
Naila mentioned that she was keen to find people of all ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds. Many people think they may not “be right” for Bollywood, however, she made it really clear that regardless of your age or acting experience you could indeed be part of the film industry.
Naila also gave some great advice to aspiring actors and models, emphasising that there was a need to remain focused, persistent and also get the knowledge by actually going to acting school if you are serious about it.
After meeting countless Bollywood celebrities over the years it’s fair to say that they all spend a lot of time and effort on both their looks as well as their skills. Honing one’s skills by going to acting schools, taking part in dance classes and above all else networking is an absolute MUST if you want to get your foot in Bollywood.
So you haven’t been born a Kapoor, Khan or Sippy but you still want to get into Bollywood? If you’re determined to be in the movie you’re watching, don’t give up on your cinematic dreams. While there’s no guaranteed method for making it big in Bollywood, talent, persistence, connections, and a very thick skin usually pay do off.
I won’t deny that Star families do dominate Bollywood but there are also several famous non-filmy actors like Ranveer Singh, Aishwariya Rai, Madhuri, Anushka Sharma, Vidya Balan, Priyanka Chopra and Shahrukh Khan who have made it big in Bollywood!
So it seems fair to say, if you put you “tann, mann and dhan” into it, you never know you may become the next Bollywood superstar.