Acting is a natural talent, but honing the same in a professional institution certainly helps the finer points of acting in films, TV and video shows, etc. In the early years of the India film industry, educational qualifications did not matter much. Talent was the sole measurement. Children as young as five-year-old showed excellent temperament and became very successful. Many professionals in other fields left their job to enter this highly competent area of entertainment.
In order to be a successful actor, one should possess certain qualities: command over language, clarity in expression, good voice, imagination, will to work hard, etc. Experience perfects the skill in individuals, thereby increasing their demand in the industry. At present, people from the film and TV industry organise many talent-hunt programs for the children who not only become national celebrities but are offered further training to become good actors.
Those who have cleared their secondary education and want to choose acting as a career should join a course in dramatics. The National School of Drama, New Delhi is an institution run by famous actors in the field of dramatics. The school offers diploma course in Dramatic Arts, which is recognized by the Government of India. This course is also the stepping stone for higher posts under the Central Government such as Door darshan, Akashvani, and prestigious teaching assignments in National School of Drama, New Delhi and Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Acting is not an easy job; a lot of labour and hard work is required. Even if you become a good actor, there is cut-throat competition. But at the end of the day, one earns glamour, name, fame and money.
10+2 or equivalent in any stream.
- National School of Drama, New Delhi, Web: www.nsd.qov.in
- Aslan Academy of film & Television, Noida, www.aaft.com
- Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, Maharashtra, Web: www.ftiindia.com
- The Imago School of Acting, New Delhi, Web: www.imagoindia.com
- Film and Television Institute of Andhra Pradesh, Web: www.fiImandteIevisioninstituteofandhrapradesh.com
- Taneja’s Actos Studios’, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Web: www.roshantaneia.com
- 7 Actor Prepares, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Web: www.actorprepares.net
Diploma in Acting: Top Institutes
|Name of the Institute
|Average Course Fee (in INR)
|Film and Television Institute of Hyderabad
|Asian Academy of Film and Television
|Indira School of Communication
|Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
|Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University
|Shiv Nadar University
|Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
|Department of Film, TV and Animation Studies, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
|Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Delhi
|R. K. Films and Media Academy
|Karol Bagh, Delhi
|Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication
|National Institute of Film and Fine Arts
|Indira School of Communication
|International School of Media and Entertainment Studies
|AJK Mass Communication Research Centre
|SRM University, Chennai – Ramapuram Campus
Except trying their luck in talent hunt shows and film industry, actors can also associate with production houses like ..
- Balaji Telefilms Ltd,
- Pritish Nandi Communications,
- Sahara one Media and Entertainment Ltd,
- Saregama India Ltd,
- Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd,
- Star TV,
- UTV Software Communication Ltd
for roles on television and modelling assignments.