After starring in three popular TV shows, Pradeep Kharb is still a struggling Bollywood actor. But what sets him apart is that he has opened his own acting school to help other strugglers like him. Kharb states his motive clearly: during his initial acting years, the 28-year-old had a bitter experience with acting academies and does not want that to happen to others. “These are big rackets to fool newcomers and earn big bucks. The stars who run them shoot for 300 days out of 365 days, so where is the time to train the students?” says Kharb, who recently opened his own acting school, Indian Academy of Dramatic Arts, in East of Kailash, Delhi.
Kharb wants aspiring actors to learn about the overall standard of the industry. “The training at the academy is not just about acting, but about being aware so that one does not fall prey to whims of production houses,” he says.
The actor known for his roles in TV shows like Kkavyanjali, Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kasautii Zindagii Kay, feels that unlike Hollywood, training is not mandatory in Bollywood. “This is a wrong approach,” he says “We don’t have a culture to learn or train actors before they make their debut.” The actor made his debut in films in 2005 with 71/2 Phere, and was seen in Fashion and Ajab Prem ki Gazab Kahaani. “I was big star on TV, but acting in films was my ultimate dream. I decided to move while I was at the peak of my TV career,” he says.