"Follow your heart for there is a magic in your dreams and if you believe in them, they will come true."
No, it's not a Mahatma Gandhi quote; but a dialogue that was performed by Katrina Kaif in her 2013 released film, Bombay Talkies. The movie chronicled the lives of four different families to depict the way Indians love cinema. We also have movies like Luck by Chance and Heroine that talk about the struggles of aspiring actors and actresses who want to make it big in the Indian film industry. There are reality shows on television that promote singing and dancing, but apart from these few glamorous jobs (that are mostly about appearing on-screen), there are plenty of things that an individual can do to pursue a career in the Film & TV industry of India.
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From V. Shantaram to Mani Ratnam and Rohit Shetty to Anurag Kashyap; directors are the creators of the films and television shows that are not any less than fairy tales. The location, acting style, and everything else that you see on the bigger screen were once a director's imagination.
If you like to manage people, crave for challenging situations, and love those beautiful words 'Lights, Camera, and Action!', then direction could be a good career option for you.
You will never find a Director in Bollywood who works without assistants. Instead, almost all the Directors of today were once Assistant Directors. Assisting the directors is one of the ways of learning the art of direction and moving up the ladder.
An electronic media student from EMRC, Divya Bharti, who is actively learning the skills of a Director by being an Assistant Director shares with WittyFeed -
"Being an Assistant Director is not an easy task, you have to make sure that all the departments, including actors and actresses, are in sync with one another. Once you fall in love with the city of dreams, Mumbai and the job, all these struggles seem worth it."
"Cinematography (videography) is fantastic, it gives you the power to tell a story to the world through your eyes," says a renowned cinematographer in Mumbai Raju Gauli. He is famous for his works in popular TV serials like Naagin 2, Jamai Raja, Ishqbaaaz, Bidaai etc.
Raju, who is working close to 16 hours a day since past 17 years shared his experience of being a successful cinematographer. He says the job of a cinematographer is to make use of both, proper technique and art to take the audience beyond their imagination. And, if you have a kick for camera and passion for being in Bollywood, you can be a cinematographer too.
Anyone who is fascinated by the camera and its technology and aims to be a cinematographer can indeed become one. The journey starts with getting the sound knowledge of technicalities and then putting them into work by creating some short films. Once you've practiced enough to be confident about handling the camera, you can start off by applying to be a known cinematographer's assistant at different production houses in Mumbai.
"I have spent 17 years in the industry, and have enjoyed each of them thoroughly. Technology changed, characters changed, stories changed, and my skills changed, but I have kept the passion alive and kicking." - Raju Gauli
"Successful screenwriting is all about representing your most ingenious ideas and visuals on paper," says a television writer, Parag Mukadam.
Writing cannot be taught, no one can show you how to think and ideate. It's an art, and it grows profound with time. But, how writers write for films and televison can be learned. So, once you know that writing is something that you can do and want to pursue the same in Bollywood, just go ahead and learn the basics of screenwriting, screenplay writing, and dialogue writing.
To start, you can download the scripts/screenplays from the internet for free and read them while watching the film. It's that one practice which has helped me a lot, and I'd personally recommend you watch and read an Oscar-winning, Slumdog Millionaire film's script, and novel. It's easily available. Once you're done, try and write a short story and then convert it into a screenplay.
"Remember, "Iski To Mai Keh Ke Lunga" was once just an imagination of Gangs Of Wasseypur's dialogue writer."
"Everything that appears on the screen is created and built from scratch in a way that it looks not less than the real."
If you're more inclined toward designs and the visual appearance of the overall set and location, then art direction is for you.
An art director works under the production designer. The most significant job responsibility of an art director is to stimulate the emotions in the audience via visuals (location/set) where actor/actresses are going to perform the scene.
Cinematography can be learned in different institutes as it also has a technical side. But, to be an art director, you need to be an artist first with the capability of thinking beyond vision. The progress in this area of work is steady and a bit slower.
Remember, every television show and/or a film is incomplete without music/sound. This area of work has infinite possibilities. And more than anything, it's a technical job. The thing you need to know to become a sound designer/engineer or even a composer is to have the best knowledge of music you can have, and get professional training from a reputed media college/musician.
Practice is the basis for achieving heights in any area of art.
To learn the basics of all these things at one place, join theatre. Naseeruddin Shah to Piyush Mishra and Shah Rukh Khan to Anurag Kashyap, all of them started from here.
"Having worked in the industry, I can say that theatre gives you a chance to get introduced to some of the best artists of the town and helps to build a network that can help you get your first major break."
Apart from these important positions that require your presence on the sets while shooting, there are also a few career choices available that you can choose from. Like, Casting Director, Film Editing, Costume Designer, and others.
We cannot deny the fact that luck plays the most crucial part in the industry. Thousands of people go to Mumbai with dreams in their heart to make it big, but not all of them are talented, and not everyone gets lucky. Still, if you believe in your dreams and never give up; getting the chance in films and television industry could be the next big thing in your life.
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