It’s a beautiful feeling to wake up every morning and do what you love doing. It’s been two weeks since I’ve been out shooting for the film, and it’s been absolute bliss.A film crew usually works and lives in close proximity and becomes a family during the course of the shoot, which is what’s happening out here, in the land of chikki and chocolate fudge. We’ve been having so much fun, it has GOT to be illegal!
Every drop makes the ocean and every shot makes a film! There have been some piece-of-cake takes and some that call for re-takes. Sometimes you give a great shot, but there’s a technical glitch. Then there’s a re-take, so you psyche yourself up all over again and break into it with the same intensity. But suddenly, there’s an awkward silence. Your co-actor has forgotten his dialogue! Oops. Then there’s a re-re take. Too many retakes not only kill the scene and its freshness, but make you want to kill both your co-actor and yourself.
Acting out a scene has never really been about getting your lines right, as much as it is about knowing where the scene is taking the story. There’s magic in every moment and certain things sometimes just happen in that moment. Your instincts take over and take you by surprise. As actors, we try to achieve the ‘perfect’ scene, get the dialogue right to every pause, deliver pre-rehearsed responses, wear the right expression and re-create the lost magic of the previous take. But can one re-kindle lost magic? How do you achieve perfection in a scene?
You might rehearse your dialogues a million times, but eventually it’s all about tapping that touch of magic in the moment. You cannot ape a ‘moment’. Some great actors spontaneously break into a scene at any given point and conjure a breathtaking shot. Each time, every time, a hundred times over!
Acting isn’t rocket science. You need to be a sensitive human being to empathise, understand and portray emotion, be intelligent to gauge the graph of the story being told and never ever get caught in a trap of vanity. Most actors like to over intellectualise acting. But it’s just about going out there and doing it, giving in to the moment and seeing what the moment brings.
I’ve enjoyed the lessons I’ve learnt in acting and in life during the course of my first film shooting. I’m not only nervous, but scared to see myself on the big screen. Being on the idiot box is one thing, but seeing myself gloriously magnified on the silver screen? I’m sure I’ll cringe and wish I had done things differently. But, you learn as you go.
One film down, many lessons learnt and many more to go!For the longest time, I did not have the courage to accept, that I wanted to be an actor, because I was clouded by the fear of failure. But the best way to overcome your fear is to face it. Nike gives us the inspiration… Just DO it! I did it.