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Ticket to Bollywood

DHAIRYA MAHESHWARI
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EVENTAnother institute on the horizon to churn

out actors

What does it take to enter Bollywood? To be part of films , and to be famous? Admass would argue having kith and kin in the industry is definitely a passport to the limelight. Many aspire, many dream, many try, yet only a few (to be generous) succeed. Here talent and hard-work cannot alone guarantee sustainability, success or fame. Then, who has the last laugh?

“One that gets the right platform.” Pat comes the reply from Pradeep Kharb. Kharb, who was in Noida for the launch of his acting school, Indian Academy of Dramatic Arts (IADA), is a former model and an actor who has portrayed a wide array of roles in movies likeFashion,Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab KahaniandKhoya Khoya Chand. Also gracing the occasion was yesteryear actress Vidya Sinha, actor Ravi Jhankal, Deepika Padukone's acting guru Vinod Tharani and Cezanne Khan ofKasauti Zindgi Kifame.

Asked what makes his acting academy different from other institutions that have cropped up in recent years, Kharb says the professionals involved in the institute started their careers from scratch. Their surnames are not prominent suffixes in Bollywood — they struggled their way forward, he adds. “IADA will always be there for its students; whether it's finding work, negotiating remuneration or taking important career decisions. We will make sure that our students don't waste their time, money and effort and concentrate on stuff which they know the best — acting,”says Kharb.

Kharb declined to comment on whether he plans to launch a production house in the future to provide a platform to his students. On supporting students from the economically weaker sections of the society, Tharani, who is a faculty member here, says, “Right now it's our year of inception, but in future, if anybody with rare acting skills approaches us, why not. Maybe the management could consider such students on merit basis.”

DHAIRYA MAHESHWARI

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