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Farhan Akthar’s master class article on film direction

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1. A Film Is A Director’s Vision

It is common for a director and actor to have issues with each other. According to Subhash Ghai,”actors and directors have always been enemies. This has been the case for more than 100 years now. But ironically, they are friends too”. The way we see it, there will always be tension among the director and the actor, hopefully a healthy one, a tension that need not be feared. It is this tension that helps in creating a power dynamic, which keeps everyone on their toes. Actors have to understand that a movie is the director’s vision or medium that comes out, and he is collaborating with the director to create the magic. Like Farhan Akhtar, said “It is very crucial for actors to respect the director and for directors to be sensitive to actors .”

2. Actors Are Precious, Be Transparent With Them

A film is a director’s medium, but the audience connects with the actors. Every director needs to treat his/her actor in an appropriate manner, to extract the best out of them. Now how does one define appropriate? Some words of advice from Farhan Akhtar on this crucial topic.

“Keep your actor informed about everything that is happening.”

When given a script, an actor starts playing out the scene in his mind. He visualizes everything from his characterization to the dialogue delivery and when this planned sequence (with minute changes) is not carried out, the actor loses it. So the only way this can be avoided is by keeping the actor informed about everything. The director must also speak to the actors about their performance and areas of improvement. Not only does this improve the actors performance, but it provides a boost to his morale.

3. Be Honest To Your Work

It is necessary that you are honest to your work, whatever it may be. Every filmmaker wants to employ some new, trending technique in his film. It is necessary that one study the trend, understand it and then apply it with all his heart

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