We have seen fighters, horse-riders and dancers, hopefully now, we’ll see good actors,” remarked Randhir Kapoor at the announcement of the first Stella Adler Studio of Acting in India, initiated by filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s LCA Communications Pvt Ltd. “We have limited acting institutes in the country, like NSD (National School of Drama, New Delhi) and FTII (Film and Television Institute of India, Pune), so it’s great that one of us has brought the world-renowned studio to India.”
Sunny Deol, who started his career in Rawail’s Betaab, has enrolled his son, Karan: “The Stella Adler Technique has benefited actors like Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro and Anthony Quinn. It’s great my son will train here.” “We start in January and as we expand, we’ll have our own premises,” Rawail says, adding that next April, courses in make-up will start, followed by production designing in July. “We’ve tied up with Cinema Make-up School, LA, and Unviersity of Art and Design, Helsinki, for these courses.”
Will LCA be a competitor for Whistling Woods? Rawail says, “Agreed Subhashji (Ghai) has a great campus but I’d rather spend on the education than cosmetics. The academy won’t be teaching horseriding, swimming and dancing. “I’m not training jockeys, swimmers or dancers,” Rawail laughs. But here will be modules to prepare students against the casting couch factor too and how to deal with the media.