established actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui He recently gave a masterclass at IFFI on Bollywood’s work culture.
Nawaz admitted that the usual “lights, camera, action” approach bothers him. Before a shoot [on Bollywood sets], there is so much commotion and so many voices, and the director expects the best from his actors?
“Suddenly they shout “action.” Are we computers? We could accomplish so much more with some silence on set, but we have none.”
He also said character descriptions bothered him. “When an actor switches characters, he must erase all traces of his prior role,” he said.
“To start over, unlearn everything you know.”