Breaking new grounds

Breaking new grounds

An actor’s seniority is not only about the years he or she has put under the arclights but also about recognising the novices who have the makings of geniuses.

   There are several senior actors who have no qualms promoting and popularising new directors. In fact, senior actors feel new directors come with ideas fresher than those who have been in the industry for donkey's years. These senior actors, who are ready to swear by newcomers, claim they would like to explore further rather than stick to the predictable.

They say new directors have a certain infectious energy about them and generate curiosity in the market. Never mind if the director is a nobody in the industry, the actors are willing to get their names tagged to the scripts of these fresh directors and breathe life into them.

It was a one-line SMS from Bangalore-based director Abhay Simha to Mammootty that made the actor sign Shikari. The veteran actor liked the script and agreed to act in his movie. It gave this director a dream break.
Kannada actor Ramesh Aravind is known to promote new talent whether it’s in the movies directed by him or even if it is acting in a new director’s movie. Ramesh thinks it’s not only enough for new directors to have a convincing script, but they should also have the passion and commitment to pull it off.

“Cinema is a specialised art and those with immense talent, willing to take some amount of risk must be encouraged. Seniors directors are good at handling the practical problems that might arise while shooting,” says Ramesh Aravind.    
   Actor Suresh Gopi has just completed 25 years in the film industry. He has acted in countless Tamil and Telugu films, in addition to Malayalam.
He reasons that any director whether young or old must have a vision and must be able to produce visuals that never fade away. “New directors come up with some bubbly frames that instantly give one a grasp of the character. The risk factor is unpredictable because there are new directors whose movies have done immensely well,” says Suresh. He further points out that successes are never made, they just happen.
   It’s no different with actress Raveena Tandon who returned to the industry after a long break. She says most senior actors have been there, experimented and even worked with several directors over and over again.

Raveena recalls that her film Shool, with a new director, had done well. She’s currently working on Agni which is also by a new director. “Senior actors always like to go beyond the mundane and take up new challenges. I have worked with a director as young as 19 years. These guys have so much energy and are bubbling with ideas all the time. It’s tough to keep pace with them sometimes,” says Raveena.
She observes that it becomes tiring to do formula films over and over again.
Nina C George 

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