Film Education

Exclusive Interview with acting guru Kishore Namit Kapoor

Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute

1 Month Course – Educating Actors

3 Month Course – Craft of Acting

4 ½ Month Course – Art of Acting

Alumni includes:  Hritik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Imran Khan and many more.

Hritik’s  quote:

Kishore Namit Kapoor’s own words: “ I don’t teach acting, I train actors,” is a very simple statement but it defines a lot. And, that’s what he kept on telling me- that he can’t teach me acting, he can only train me. And, training is the tough part because while training you have to push yourself, you have to understand, receive from the teacher, and then train yourself to be better and better. His insights into little details of acting were mind-boggling. To give an example, when I used to think of something and give an expression he used to stop me and say, “Cut, cut, are you thinking of this? ” and obviously surprised I used to reply “Yes” and then he used to say, “ Don’t do that! Think of this because that is the right emotion.” So at times he used to shock me by actually looking into my mind and telling me what I was thinking about! And I used to love that, because I love analysing thoughts and expressions. This really proved to me beyond doubt that his insight into acting is amazing.

Q. How would you define acting?

A. If you ask me I would say – ‘Your soul gives birth to a new soul through art’ that is how I would define acting.

Q. What would you consider to be the unique feature of your acting institute?

A. My approach is unique in the sense its not limited to the profession of acting. The logo of our institute says Know Thyself and Realize your Potentials. As an actor and as a person you learn how to have detached involvement, you witness. You witness your life, your own creativity. If you are hurt you can watch your tears and laughter. As an actor and in life you become aware of your unconscious super competence. You become aware that in life you are not a victim of circumstances thus you create them in reel and real life.

Q. You believe that Discipline is very important in acting training and are also called a lovable Hitler could you kindly elaborate on that point.

A. I use a surgeon’s knife not a butcher’s knife and am called ‘loveable’ Hitler. The institute is known in the Indian film industry for its discipline and we pride ourselves for that. I believe that for everything you require discipline be it in meditation or for a soldier. Actors need soldier’s discipline. We also take special care to maintain an almost equal number of boys and girls in class so that parents don’t feel hesitant to send their daughters to class. Also many parents have asked me to specially start ‘one month’ batches so that they can send their children here and channelize their energy keeping them away from the drug culture and other such destructive youth cultures.

Q. According to you what is the most important criteria that an actor should possess.

A. Besides talent, passion followed by action. But above all they should be risk takers, ready to experiment or rather to explore with themselves. Acting being an emotive art, in day to day life we qualify emotions. We like some and don’t like some. But as an actor you have to be ready to experience emotions even you did not know existed or you have desensitized. You should be ready to sensitize your emotions.


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