Lights, camera, action...

Lights, camera, action...

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Lights, camera, action...

Guru Dutt had a Waheeda Rehman, without whom Pyaasa and Kaagaz Ke Phool, can’t even be imagined. Our own Puttanna Kanagal too was at his best when Kalpana and in later days, Arathi, immortalised his creations like Gejje Pooje, Sharapanjara, Shubhamangala and Ranganayaki. Even to this day, Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan swear by each other.

It’s not that every director has a favourite actor but there are directors who script a movie just for their favourite actors. Or is it that directors pitch for some actors alone because the latter are ready to play second fiddle to the former?

Most of director Dinesh Baboo’s movies have had Vishnuvardhan, Suhasini and Ananth Nag in the lead. “I never choose an actor based on his market standing. It’s the suitability to the character in hand and his or her talent to play the role to perfection that matters,” Dinesh tChetanold Metrolife. So does it get monotonous at any time? “It depends on how well you tweak the character to suit the actor’s personality,” he adds.

K M Chaitanya, however, has no qualms about saying that Suryakaanti was made exclusively for Chetan. The two had discussed the subject and it was decided that Chetan would play the lead. “Chetan is good-looking and has a keen understanding of the subject. He can slip into any role pretty easily,” reasons Chaitanya and adds, “it’s a pleasure to work with actors who are willing to experiment.”

John AbrahamDirector Kabir Khan has John Abraham in most of his movies. “If the actor in question suits the character in the script, then there’s no harm casting him or her more than once. Not all directors are fortunate to get just about any actor they wish to. Some directors just don’t get the actor of their choice and will have to settle down for the ones in hand,” Kabir points out. While talent is the utmost priority, “It’s important to have a good working relationship with the actor because you end up spending months together and if you don’t gel, it becomes difficult,” Kabir observes.

Hariharan, director of blockbuster Pazhassiraja, says that he has decided to script a movie just for Shah Rukh Khan. “It’s more like a tribute to an actor who is down-to-earth and has no airs whatsoever,” says Hariharan.

Most actors consider it a credit to be cast with the same actor or even work with the same director more than once. While comfort level is a priority, the banner, credibility of the director and the characterisation too, matter just as much. Aindrita Ray has worked with director Yogaraj Bhat countless number of times but says she never gets tired, “Yograj sir always makes sure he tweaks the characterisation in the movie to suit the character of the actor. And the comfort level and professionalism are something we mutually share,” she quips.

Sharmila Mandre thinks it’s important to work for a good banner and a credible director, “When you’ve worked with a director more than once, you know his style of working and the requirements. The task becomes easier,” she says.

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