Bollywood following Hollywood's method acting technique?
Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Updated: May 13, 2014 12:55 IST
Hollywood actors are known to go to bizarre lengths to get in character. For instance, Daniel Day-Lewis apparently went incommunicado to prepare for his role in Lincoln (2012).
Now, Bollywood actors seem to be taking a leaf out of the method acting book.
Anil Kapoor has decided to go off the radar for two-three months. That means no phone calls, media interactions or public appearances.
The actor wants to focus on his new film (Zoya Akhtar’s next) and the second season of his TV show, 24.
Kapoor told us, "It’s important for an artiste. If you really want to create something, you have to do it. Otherwise, you will be constantly distracted."
Similarly, Varun Dhawan has decided to vanish to concentrate on Sriram Raghavan’s yet-untitled film: "Abhi main gayab hone waala hoon (I’m going to vanish). I haven’t done anything like this till date," he told us last week. He also tweeted that "…I will be off twitter (sic)".
Some actors don’t even interact with family during their prep. That’s what Sushant Singh Rajput did for over three months to focus on Dibakar Banerjee’s Detective Byomkesh Bakshy.
While shooting, he was mostly unreachable even to his family and girlfriend Ankita Lokhande. The young actor says he is likely to go through the same process again for Shekhar Kapur’s Paani.
"I try to isolate myself as much as I can… This is the only way I can focus, work hard and convince myself that I have the authority to be the character," he told us recently.
Of course, when it comes to prep, one of the earliest stars to have done it is Aamir Khan. In 2012, he remained disconnected to focus on his TV show, and again for Dhoom:3. Farhan Akhtar, too, did it for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), as did Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Gangs of Wasseypur 2 (2012). "It’s my habit… Everyone has different ways of working on their craft," he says.
Heights of method acting
Daniel Day-Lewis: He refused to leave the wheelchair while preparing to play an individual afflicted with cerebral palsy in My Left Foot (1989).
Marlon Brando: He lay in bed in a hospital for a month before making his debut, playing a paraplegic, in The Men (1950).
Heath Ledger: The late actor had filled notebooks with strange writings as he buried himself in the persona of The Joker for The Dark Knight (2008).
Adrien Brody: Before The Pianist (2002), he sold his car, apartment and most of his possessions; he also remained isolated, and cut food intake to starvation levels.
Dustin Hoffman: To prepare for Marathon Man (1976), the actor deprived himself of sleep. Hoffman showed up on set after staying awake for two days straight.