Thrill of Acting
Casting director Girish Hule told AFP the number of actors vying for roles in the adverts he handles has more than doubled since 2014.
“I have even come across doctors and engineers who quit stable jobs because they wanted to act,” he said.
“Years go by waiting for the big break. People go back home or take up other jobs in the industry, working as stylists or assistant directors or in casting.
“In some cases, people spend five years, appearing at around 500 auditions and never get an acting job.”
The glitz and glamour notwithstanding, finding success in Bollywood comes with plenty of challenges — from battling sexual harassment to spending months out of work.
“In the beginning, I was too scared to even tell my mom when someone misbehaved, because I thought my family would stop me from pursuing acting,” Rathod said.
“I am so glad #MeToo happened here — before that, it was just going on and no-one was talking about it,” she said, referring to sexual harassment in the industry.
For Tthukral, who is well-versed in the ups and downs of the business, the risks are secondary to the thrill of acting, which he compares to a drug.
“My parents don’t understand how I live — they just want me to settle down and run their business.
“Part of me wants that too, it would be an easier life,” said the 34-year-old, who moved back to his hometown of New Delhi this summer.
But then he added, “I will return when I have made some money.”
“I will be somebody. I don’t know when the break will come but it will come.”
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