Professor Roshan Taneja is the Founder and former Head of the Acting Department at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. He is not only one of the first, but also the pioneer and best teachers of Method Acting in India. His school, the ROSHAN TANEJA SCHOOL OF ACTING, is universally acknowledged to be amongst the Top Acting Schools in Mumbai and India.
His intense interest in acting took him to New York at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre to train under the famous Sanford Meisner & Sydney Pollack, who went on to become an Academy Award winning Director.
The experience at the Film Institute where he conducted a 2 Year course was the most enriching one for Professor Taneja. The Film Institute started in 1961 but he founded the Acting Department in 1963. It was here that he came across talents like Jaya Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Shatrughan Sinha, Subhash Ghai Om Puri, Asrani, Mithun Chakraborty etc which he nurtured & who then went on to become acting legends in Bollywood. He carried on in the Film Institute till 1975 after which he resigned and came to Bombay to start his own institute in 1976.
Today, he has been teaching acting for over 50 years and is accredited with training not only many of India's leading Film, Theatre and TV actors but also their children. Most of the stars prefer that their kids opt for at least a stint in his academy before they begin their acting career. Well known actors including Anil Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgun, Abhishekh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Emraan Hashmi, Rani Mukherji, Sonam Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Tabu, Manisha Koirala Gulshan Grover, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol to name a few have been his students, besides nurturing the talents of a host of other actors.
The ROSHAN TANEJA SCHOOL OF ACTING provides a 4-Month Comprehensive Diploma Course for aspiring & professional actors keeping in mind the current trends & requirements of the industry. Actors are trained with the professional course and curriculum designed by Prof. Roshan Taneja himself.
The acting methodology at ROSHAN TANEJA SCHOOL OF ACTING has evolved over the years after struggling with the bad practices that prevailed. The students are made to do exercises, which would automatically eliminate the vestiges of bad acting learnt in amateur dramatics or observed in the acting of actors who generally employ clichés and conventional tricks while working in films. The process continues with chopping and changing of exercises and scenes to suit the times, keeping in mind that the universality of emotions and feeling remains the same, it doesn’t change with time.
The course content includes several Acting exercises, Movement and Voice, Diction, Speech and also allied courses like Dance, Action and Yoga under the supervision of some of the best in the business. The course also includes making of Portfolios and regular Shooting of Acting exercises on camera which are used for analytical proposes as well as serve as show reels of students for presentation to producers.
All these unmatched facilities have led to the BRANDS ACADEMY awarding it the BEST ACTING SCHOOL IN INDIA for 2 years in a row. After completion of the acting course the student emerges as an actor who is now ready to act “truthfully.”
Like his Guru Mr. Sanford Meisner, Prof. Roshan Taneja too has not only become an inspiration and role model for many in this industry but also for the ones who perceive a dream to come into this industry.