“I feel nothing supersedes talent. Though a star kid may enjoy an edge, but if they aren’t talented, things don’t work.”
“Casting was never my plan”, says Dimpy Sinha, the casting head of Shankuntalam telefilms as we strike a conversation with her. “It just fell into place. I didn’t even know how to handle the camera”, she continues in the same breath. Having passed out with a bachelor’s degree in mass media, Dimpy switched a few jobs before finding her way as a casting professional. Having cast for numerous daily soaps like Radha Ki Betiyaan Kuch Kar Dikhayengi, Annu ki Ho Gayee Wah Bhai Wah, Naa Aana Iss Desh Laado, Hello Pratibha, she is a name to reckon with in the casting arena. In a candid chat with Team Act-Atainment, she talks about her journey, her future plans and doles out important tips to aspiring actors. Excerpts from a freewheeling conversation…
Interviewed By: Team Act-Atainment
It’s been a good ride so far with a fair amount of struggle. I remember starting off my journey as a casting intern. This was when I was pursuing my education. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree In Mass Media, I joined a modelling agency and served them for 7 months before I took a break. I switched ends and started working for a call centre. The biggest leap in my career came about when my husband recommended me to Mr Victor Banerjee who helped me with a job as a casting director at DJ’S, a creative unit. After having served the company for few years, I moved to Shankuntalam Telefilms where every day is like a challenge and I am enjoying my job to the fullest.
My first priority is my family and kids. I don’t want to spend too much time in media or working. For now, I am happy casting for television.
No. I never wanted to become an actor. I am camera shy. I would never take up acting.
My team has faith in me. If an actor is good at his job, I defy the norms and put my point across to the producer and director. On several occasions, I re-audition the actor again. I also have a good rapport with several television channels.
Several newcomers don’t know where they stand and opt for acting. They feel acting as a profession will fetch them easy money. They don’t intend to work on their skill set and hence fail. I always give important tips to actors while auditioning them. There are many who take it positively and work on it whereas some don’t pay any heed towards it. I feel formal training is important.
An actor should look presentable. There are several times when guys walk into my studio very shabbily with their shirts tucked out. Many-a-times, girls just walk in without basic make up. They fail to understand that first impression is the last impression.
If one is right, no one can touch him/her. One should focus on their job and not let these things perturb them.
I feel nothing supersedes talent. There are several actors coming from film families but they fail. Though a star kid may enjoy an edge, but if they aren’t talented, things won’t work.
It’s very important to have some basic knowledge about acting. One should do their homework and be prepared before going for an audition. It portrays them in good light.
Every casting director has an associate whose job is take reference auditions. These auditions are seen by the casting director on the next day. At least, I make it a point to do it diligently. The minute I find some talented face, I shortlist them and call them once a requirement arises.
It’s very important. It talks a lot about the person and whether he can emote or not.
No. I would rather prefer freelancing for movies as a casting professional.
Yes. Of course. Dev Advani had invited me to Stardust Acting Academy around two years ago where I met a lot of talent. Some of them even came for an audition. It’s important to maintain a good rapport with a casting director. It helps in the long run.