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About Roshan Taneja
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.
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The curriculum at RTSA is the result of the professional experience of Prof. Roshan Taneja, founder and former head of the acting department at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. The Acting course is based on the program developed by the renowned acting guru, late Mr. Stanford Meisner at the Neighbourhood Playhouse School of the Theater, New York.
The four month, full-time course is a step-by-step procedure of self investigation for the actor in training. Through the work, the actor in training investigates in-depth, his/her own instrument in order to expand and widen the range of oneself, and respond to the subtleties of the complex and delicate human emotional relationships and situations that an actor faces each time he prepares a new role. The student’s focus is kept on what he himself can do truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Thus, misconceptions are shed, new techniques gained and the actor emerges after 4 months, more of an honest human being who is now ready to “act” truthfully
Course curriculum incudes the following main topics.
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Object like Bench in a park. Telephone Booth in a busy railway station or loud disturbance. Bus station. An old tree in a jungle. Ten rupee note etc.
The actor / student takes on one of the above objects and tries to feel their experiences of night and day over different senses and over so many years.
Diction & Spot Monologue
Video Analysis and recording during course
Developing Voice Resonance
Admissions are open throughout the year for the 4 month full time as well as 3 month / 2 month / 1 month crash courses. There are 3 batches each year for the full time course, start dates are announced shortly prior to the batch beginning.
Minimum educational requirement for entry to the RTSA course is Matriculation, SSC or equivalent.
No prior acting experience is required.
Basic knowledge of English and Hindustani (Hindi/Urdu) is essential.
The preferred age requirement is between 16 years and above.
Students will not be permitted to seek or accept any engagements to appear on the amateur or professional stage, or work in films during their training period. All students are required to be punctual and have an attendance of at least 90% in class. Diplomas will not be awarded to students whose attendance is not up to the mark.
The school reserves the right of suspending, removing or taking any other disciplinary action against any student at any stage for misbehavior, misconduct or any other good and sufficient reason, which may be detrimental to the welfare of the school as a whole or of the students.
No leaves of absence are granted. Excessive absence, class cuts and tardiness leads to dismissal.
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