Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been in the movie industry for over four decades, says that taking the opinion of the cast, crew and the invited audience while shooting a film helps to perfect one’s performance.
Citing an example of “The Great Gatsby” filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, he said that he used to “sit the entire cast and crew of the film inside a studio floor and read the entire script with each artiste performing their parts”.
“When I had gone down to shoot for ‘Great Gatsby’, Baz Luhrmann the director of the film would do a lot of this. But it was before the film went on the floors. He would sit the entire cast and crew of the film inside a studio floor and read the entire script with each artist performing their parts.
“Then he would call a live audience from the streets onto the sets… And we read and performed the entire script again… He would then seek an opinion from the invited audience on their reactions… And at times I noticed that they were incorporated in the film,” the 73-year-old posted on his blog.
“It’s an amazing exercise in perfection,” noted the actor, who feels Indian filmmakers are also gradually practising such things and that is a good change.
“What I do notice in the times of our Indian filmmaking is the habit of doing similar. ‘Wazir’ was read and re-read with the entire cast and crew and opinions sought.
“Many makers actually show the film to critics and journalists accomplished in the art of cinema judgement, to seek their reactions. It is a healthy practice. When so much money rides on the product, it is only wise that all possible effort is made to make sure that the recovery is healthy,” he said.