Anupam Kher opens Bollywood's first acting school in UK

Well known Indian actor Anupam Kher has opened Britain's first Bollywood acting school in Ealing.

Kher has chosen the West London suburb as an ideal place to train British actors to crack the Indian film industry.

Taking up the first class, the actor instructed his students in the finer points of cliches, once considered an essential ingredient for the thousands of commercial films churned out by Bombay based studios each year.

Kher's purpose is not to replicate the Kitsch of past films but to demonstrate the traps that his students will be trained to avoid.

"Indian cinema has changed because the audience has changed. They are not easily impressed anymore. They want to see films about how people behave in real life. What i am not trying to do is to get rid of cliches, which for years we've seen in Bollywood movies," he said.

At the end of the course, each of the seven trainees will travel 4,500 miles from the Ealing Instisture of Media to Kher's school in Mumbai, where they will be introduced to contacts who can give them a head start on the estimated 10,000 people who arrive in the city every day with dreams of stardom. The 3 month course costs 4,000 pounds.


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