UK's First Bollywood Acting School To Be Set Up In London

by | 06 March 2008

The first UK Bollywood acting school is to be set up in London later this year, organisers have said.

The acting school will be based in Ealing, west London, and will act as a spin-off from the Actor Prepares academy in Mumbai, India, set up by Bollywood actor Anupam Kher.

Kher is a veteran of Bollywood cinema, appearing in some 400 films, as well as staring in the UK film Bend it Like Beckham.

"During the filming of Bend it Like Beckham it became obvious to me that there was enormous potential to build much stronger links between UK and Indian cinema," Kher said today in announcing the plans for the school.

"The huge success of the movie shows what happens when you combine UK and Indian artistic talent. This is a natural synergy which creates something special."

The 2002 film follows a young Sikh girl who rebels against her parents to follow her dream of playing football like her hero, David Beckham.

Plans are now in place to open the acting school in September and Kher claims there are plans to open more internationally.

"I would like to see this UK and Europe school become the springboard to launch similar schools around the world," the actor said.

Initial plans for the London school will see three three-month courses being run through the year, with up to 60 students being taught.

Kher hope the academy will improve performances in Bollywood films: "The standard of acting in Indian films was mediocre generally but in the last few years audiences have become much more educated towards cinema because of the onslaught of satellite channels.

"I am trying to kill off a certain style of clichéd Bollywood acting. It's already dying, so it is the right time to do this international school," the actor told the Times newspaper.

06/03/2008 14:59:14


Tags: Anupam Kher - Bend It Like Beckham - David Beckham


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Taslima Ahmed

hello sir,since i have been growing up i have always thought of myself of being an actor.i am really determined to be an actor i have so many talents like acting, dancing an singing.i really really want to show all the world what i can do and show what bollywood is really about.i want to be in your school, i want to be an actor no matter what price i have to pay i just would do anythimg to get into your school.i have always been thinking into to be getting into a school of acting/bollywood.i will try my best and i always will i am really fully ambitioned to be an actor in the futre because i want my future to be bright.i will be really greatfull if you would let me in your school.thankyou.
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