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Mainstream films have fed public with bad acting: Tannishtha

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Actress Tannishtha Chatterjee feels one can easily distinguish between trained and untrained actors and says it is rather sad that the mainstream cinema in the country has fed the public with "bad acting”.

The 'Parched' star says most of the good actors in the film industry come from a solid training background but also lauds the younger stars like Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt for bringing realism to their roles.

"What training does is, it makes you aware of what good acting is. I feel there is a difference between trained and untrained actors. It does show on screen. But that distinction is something I think in our country the 'aam junta' doesn't understand," said Tannishtha.

"We have fed them with bad acting in mainstream cinema for years. Now some of the stars like Ranbir, Ranveer and Alia, they are very good. They are stars but very good actors also. They bring in certain kind of realism."

The 36-year-old actress, who has worked in both, international and Hindi cinema, says Bollywood follows a particular template of acting. "With due respect to all our stars, they have played themselves, whoever or whatever they have done, they are still themselves. That is the style of acting Bollywood has always followed. You see the effort, you don't become the character. That effortlessness needs training," the actress said.

Tannishtha, however, is aware that while good actors might land up excellent critically acclaimed projects, the side effect to that is the stereotype which gets built around them.

"It is difficult to break," said Tannishta when asked about stereotypes.

"This whole typecasting thing is very difficult. Some of my friends like Nawazuddin and I always discuss that how do you break that. But some of us, in the art-house zone, have been lucky to get different roles. I have played everything from a physics teacher to a villager," she added.

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