Chameleon Actor - Advanced Acting Skills Training Workshop

In video - Vineet Kumar (Aks / 2001)

History of Chameleon Actor

A first-of-its-kind intensive actor training workshop, Chameleon Actor, was first organized in the year 2008. It was a huge success with today’s much acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee launching the 15-day event at Metropolitan Mall, Saket. It did receive enormous media attention. The master thespian, Vineet Kumar, along with the team of 10 distinguished teachers introduced students to the new techniques, and radical approaches to the ever-evolving art of acting. A similar kind of success was repeated, the next year, in 2009 with Aditee Biswas joining the celebrated faculty. This December, after a 3-year hiatus, Chameleon Actor is back with aplomb in a whole-new format.

Overview of Chameleon Actor 2013

How does an actor achieve precision-in-performance? How must one unlock one’s inner impulses and learn to work with instincts? In this 15-day long rigorous workshop, participants will journey starting from the teachings of Natya Shastra to the Stanislavskian school and its modern-day offshoots. Actors will learn to dissect ‘pretending versus reality of doing’, dig out character motives and wants based on justified reality, identify super objectives and chart out character graphs, so as to enhance truthfulness in their performances. The workshop will also equip actors to face the real-world challenges by introducing them to the ultra-hands-on practices and a strong work ethic. Furthermore, actors will be taught how to master the craft like a professional actor, by constantly honing their tools and learning to evolve, in due course of time, their own individual methods.

About Vineet Kumar, the workshop director

Vineet Kumar is, arguably, one of the finest Indian screen actors well known for playing negative, comic and character roles. He has done a number of Hindi, English and Telugu films and Television serials. Active in theatre during his college days, he went on to join the Indian Peoples' Theatre Association (IPTA), Patna, in 1973. After 14 years of stage work and participating in national politics during the Jayaprakash Narayan Movement, he moved to Delhi to join the National School of Drama, where he completed his ‘Masters & Fellowship’ in Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in a number of Hindi films, including DrohkaalKachche DhaageAksYeh DilSoch and Shool. He has also worked on Hollywood assignments such as Return to Rajapur with Lynn Collins; Bhopal: Prayer for Rain with Martin Sheen and Mischa Barton. He has also appeared in numerous Telugu, Tamil and Bhojpuri movies. He was the chief antagonist in original Telugu version of Rowdy RathoreVikramarkudu. He has worked with renowned filmmakers like Govind Nihalani, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Prakash Jha and Ram Gopal Verma, among others.

Workshop concluded on 22 December 2013


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