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I have a problem with ‘Indian-style acting’: Nagesh Kukunoor

Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor says he is very conscious about not making the same kind of films

bollywood Updated: Jun 30, 2016 07:34 IST
Yashika Mathur
Yashika Mathur
Hindustan Times
Nagesh Kukunoor,Dhanak,Bollywood
Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor says he does not want acting schools to teach only Indian style of actings.(Hindustan Times)

Filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor has achieved critical acclaim for his films. But the filmmaker says that his effort, besides making a good film, has been to not repeat a topic of the storyline.

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“One of the things I try really hard is to never repeat myself as a filmmaker. I constantly challenge myself with subjects which I have not attempted before,” says Kukunoor, adding, “Every filmmaker has a certain subject which he can do really well and I don’t want to fall in that trap of convenience and repeat my work. If I will keep doing the same things for the rest of my life, I will get bored and start questioning my work.”

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While the National Award- winning filmmaker accepts that acting standards have improved in our country, he does have some reservations about the way acting classes are conducted here, and what students learn from them.

“I think in the last few years, we have actually seen different styles of acting, that have emerged. I don’t know if it is because of functioned schools or not, I am not privy to that. But one of the things these acting schools cater to is that they prepare the students for only the Indian style of acting, which is a little bit larger-than-life, it plays a little up and higher. I have always had a problem with that. I have always wanted the actor to find the honesty, have a real and ‘natural’ style of acting. Instead of focusing on larger-than-life delivery of drama, they need to be true to themselves. That is what my sensibilities are very different.”

First Published: Jun 30, 2016 07:31 IST