Today, being International Women’s Day, it’s time to celebrate women achievers. So we bring you the much-talented actor and an insightful person, Tisca Chopra, who adds another feather to her cap! As she forays into writing with her debut book ‘Acting Smart’, which was launched recently. Tisca’s ‘Acting Smart’ is packed with nuts-and-bolts ideas, hilarious anecdotes as well as sharp advice from some of the biggest names in the industry, to guide aspirants in Bollywood.
Here’s a brief tête-à-tête with the lovely lady, who sheds light on the book and her purpose in bringing it out…
How long did it take to come up with a book? What were the struggles that you faced while penning your dream?
It took about four years. Since 2009, I have been working on it. I thought it would take less time than that, but it took enough time. Since writing is a lonely art, it needs to be given that privacy. While you are acting you just have to interact with lot of people, writing is done in isolation. I was always looking out to get into writing, but that somehow it was not happening.
Why did you choose the ‘film industry’ as your subject?
That’s because I belong to the film industry and I am a filmy person. I am not a doctor or engineer by profession. So, understandably I would do something on the film industry.
Since the book is on the film industry, were you extra cautious while writing it?
The book is not only about facts and anecdotes, there’s much more to it. It’s in no way controversial. I am not exposing the industry through my book. There were no feathers that were ruffled.
What would one gain after reading it and in what way will it prove beneficial?
The book is on the film industry, how films are made; it gives plenty of anecdotes about acting, who are the insiders, the sensational stories,etc. But most importantly it’s a guide, how and where to start for the clueless and aspiring talents. People who want to know how films are made. It’s for people who want to get a foothold or step into the industry.
From where have you taken your references?
All the people I admire in the industry have contributed to it. It’s also a compilation of my experiences.
“‘Acting Smart’ is in no controversial. “
You have also involved a lot of industrywallhas for your book?
Yes, a lot of people supported me and willingly contributed to it. From Shabana Azmi to Boman Irani to Anurag Kashyap to Prakash Jha to Shanu Sharma, et al, have contributed very nicely. Neha Dhupia to Gul Panag to Kavita Kaushik and many others have said it’s wonderful.
Will you have more series? What are your plans for the book?
It has just launched officially. We will see how the book fares and what all responses we receive. On basis of that, the second book will be decided. We have done book readings, pre-book launches and many other activities to create a buzz around the book. Let’s see what the readers have to say now.
We hear that your spouse Captain Sanjay Chopra has also participated and supported you in this endeavour?
He is a pilot and a writer. He has written many books and he’s got the right experience. He also provided many inputs to make it or present it in a certain way, especially, for those who are not from the film business and are complete outsiders. He helped me edit it nicely.
Have you adopted the ‘pen is mightier than the sword’ approach through your book, since writing gives freedom to express one’s thoughts better?
Obviously, the written word is more powerful. But whatever I have written is not revolutionary!