Recently, without veteran actress Surekha Sikri passed away, Pankaj Tripathi revealed that the late actress had to hearing for her role in Badhaai Ho (2018). The actress was loved for her portrayal of the matriarch and plane won the National Award for her performance. It led a lot of discussion well-nigh the concept of tossing and tossing directors which is an indispensible part of filmmaking today. The only two-face who have been outspoken well-nigh the problems in this system is Sharat Saxena.
When Bollywood Hungama spoke to him, this writer asked him what his views on this issue are and whether the process of auditioning should be washed-up yonder for the versatile and established actors who have proved their worth. Sharat Saxena gave an in-depth wordplay and moreover looked at both sides. He said, “The problem is that nowadays, we have started to imitate the western world very much. This system of tossing directors has come from Hollywood. Koi smart aadmi raha hoga jo actor banne aaya hoga. Usko kaam nahi mila hoga. Toh usne socha hoga ki chalo casting karte hai. And now, tossing has wilt a very lucrative profession. Earlier, there were whimsically 1 or 2 tossing directors. Now I finger there are increasingly tossing teachers than actors! In every tossing agency, there are some 15-20 tossing agents. This has wilt the new way of making films. When I had started working in films, in every production house, there used to be a fat file. Usme producers Filmfare, Screen, Madhuri etc mein se actors ke photo kaat ke chipka dete the. And while tossing for a film, the directors and his assistants used to go through the pictures in the file and decide on the casting. And we strugglers used to moreover go and submit our pictures which used to moreover make it to the files. We used to plane regularly and go and meet the producers. Issi bahane chai peene ko mil jaati thi aur khaane ko kuch mil jaata tha. Abhi producer aur director itne bade ho gaye hai ki aap imagine nahi kar sakte. Earlier, the producers and directors used to have tiny offices. These offices would not plane have a washroom. Uske liye main building mein jaana padta tha. Plane the biggest of filmmakers had such offices. The biggest office then was of Rajshri Productions. They had 2 floors in Prabhadevi. Still, I used to go there every week and have chai with Gupta ji.”
Sharat Saxena continued, “These producers used to tint themselves. But ab producers itne bade ho gaye hai ki unke paas ek do floor ki office toh hai hi, woh bhi badi badi buildings mein. They moreover have money to spend. They don’t want to be bothered with going through a file and tossing people. So they entrust the job to tossing directors. And let me make it clear, the tossing directors do a very good job. They bring in new actors and requite a endangerment to strugglers. These strugglers are such that they say “Humko paisa mat dijiye. Humko sirf kaam dijiye“. There are actors nowadays who are working only for ‘taxi money’ (conveyance). So they are tossing the mucosa brilliantly.”
Sharat Saxena then opined, “Mukesh Chhabra, who did the tossing for Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012), did an wondrous job. So I am not saying these people are at fault. But iss system ka natija yeh hua hai ki jo purane actors hai hamare jaise, they have been rendered jobless for the simple reason that professional actors like us tuition money. And considering we tuition a lot of money, they’d rather not take us. So it becomes economically viable for the producers. The filmmakers requite money to the tossing directors but save money on the cast. The lead actors and actress are decided by the producers. But the rest of the tossing is a tedious process and that is washed-up by the tossing directors. They are doing their job well but that personal interaction that used to happen surpassing with the filmmakers has stopped. The tossing directors take the hearing video and show it to the producers.”
Sharat Saxena makes it well-spoken that plane he has benefited through this system, “Mukesh Chhabra had tint me in Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) and Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015). So they have moreover given me work. In Hasee Toh Phasee, I had to hearing but Bajrangi Bhaijaan mein audition nahi dena pada tha. It becomes a little tedious sometimes when you are asked to come and requite an audition. Par hum jab hazaaron logon ke saamne khade hoke scene kar sakte hai toh fir ek chote se audition dene mein kya takleef hai. Some senior actors, however, get offended. They reason that they have a vast soul of work and still they are made to audition. But mujhe aise bura nahi lagta.”
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