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Acting Smart: Your Ticket to Showbiz Paperback – 23 February 2014
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From the Back Cover
- Publisher : Collins India; 1st edition (23 February 2014); Harper & Collins
- Language : English
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9351362035
- ISBN-13 : 978-9351362036
- Item Weight : 336 g
- Dimensions : 14 x 1.4 x 21.5 cm
- Country of Origin : India
- Generic Name : Books
- Best Sellers Rank: #341,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Even the 3rd person narrative would have kept the readers guessing but She turns the smooth flowing narrative into a handbook for struggling actors and aspiring starlets and thats when boredom seeps in as these chapters seem like a sleepwalking cut and paste job straight out of a google search!!
Hopefully if TISCA CHOPRA pens a second book She will keep Business & Pleasure Apart after deciding which Side of the Fence She wants to be?
After Reading 'Acting Smart' one thing that continues to haunt is Priyanka Chopra's nerve wracking dialogue in Fashion that loosely translated goes "People Who Are Utter Failures & Have Never Tasted Success Give the Most Advice on what it takes to be Successful
Considering that presently her bread is buttered on one side and jammed on the other!!!
Before reading the book, I presumed that Tisca would have talked about her own journey in Bollywood and hence I was skeptic that who would like to read her story because she's not one of those starring in Big budget movies as a single lead actress. But after reading it, I am in awe the way she has carried the whole book talking less about others and more about them who matters and she herself idolizes. She gives example initially on how to be in Mumbai on your own rather than being with someone's support. The example she gave of a girl having no accomodation hence she made a railway pass of Mumbai-Nashik train, used to sleep in it and get ready for next auditions in train itself is quite motivational and moving.
I liked all the guidance she gave in the end of each chapter as a summary and something to write it in your diary, repeat it daily to remember your right way. Again she says that as an actor you just couldn't stop training. Because even if you have toned yourself as an actor and dancer, you never know when you might have to become an Olympic athlete like Farhan Akhtar. Another amazing piece. In her book launch, she specifically talked about The Casting Couch and hence I was waiting for this chapter to come. Finally it came. It is the best chapter of the book. Clearly and respectfully, she states how Casting couch works and how one can save him/herself from it. She also gave some examples on how she saved herself from a director once. Its my recommendation to everyone to at least read this chapter if not the whole book.
I also liked her take on money. How money is important in this industry is what she speaks about. Later on, she also tells that its our back ground that shall always be lucky and supportive when everyone else shall leave. She tells how people start changing themselves after coming to Mumbai but the ones who keep their originality gets work for the character they are themselves in real life. She tells how Ratan Rajput didn't lose her originality and bagged the leading role in a serial on Zee TV. She tells why Nawazuddin Siddique keeps getting work and such roles because he's the same that he always was. I liked how she also gave importance to TV actors in one of her chapters. An incident when she tells how she got to see a yesteryear's great actor in a queue of junior artist to get work shocked her. There are many such shocking elements in the book that I loved reading.
Coming to the drawbacks now: I felt as if Tisca Chopra didn't cover many other aspects required for coming in Bollywood. She should also have suggested few names that one should try to contact once in Mumbai who are genuine and love to work with debutante. Tisca keeps giving examples and statements by few selective people as Imtiaz Ali, Boman Irani, Shabana Azmi, Anurag Kashyap etc. It would have been better if she would have brought comments by many more actors in her book. Most of the times, Tisca have given example by not writing names of the directors, actors and casting teams. I know its purposely done to avoid controversies but it would have been wonderful if she would have named few of them. I needed some masala actually. Haha! In all, I would say a fine attempt for all the struggling and aspiring actors. I give the book 3 out of 5.