Acting Schools

    8 Best Acting Schools In India

    Acting Schools

    When someone thinks about acting, they think about going to the best acting schools in India. They do research about where their favorite actor studied acting. Research about their fee structures, time period, faculty, environmental & hostel facilities.

    Let me tell you one thing. According to your fees budget, time spent in an institute, your homework, your dedication & hard work towards your passion makes that institute the best acting institute for all the aspiring actors across India.

    Which is the best acting schools in India?

    1. Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute, Mumbai

    We inspire an active transformation and also your contribution to your own uniqueness. A higher sense of being, clarity and with your engagement and a revival of potential that even you might be unaware of.  They focus on body language and music and to stress management, we ensure a unique process of discovery that will both stimulate and amplify.

    Alumni

    Varun Dhawan, Saif Ali Khan, Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor, Sonu Sood, Arbaaz Khan, Vicky Kaushal, Anushka Shetty, Shreya Saran, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Khanna, Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Parineeti Chopra, John Abraham, Lara Dutta, Arjun Rampal, Hrithik Roshan & many more.

    Courses(4 months & 6 months)

    The courses teach- opening up exercises, body language, dance, improvisation, movement, action, character study, diction, voice culture, video practicals, dubbing, imagination exercises, speech variation and modulation, memory exercises, expression exercises.

    Admission

    There is some advance fee payment before registration. The balance fee amount is payable before your session begins.

    For the rest of the details, you can check their website through here.

    2. Barry John Acting Studio – Delhi & Mumbai

    The Education Trust, a non-profit association operates BJAS. Certainly,  goals are to expand knowledge and interest in theatrical and arts through education. Offers courses and workshops that answer to the educational needs of both fresher and experienced professional actors. Above all, Incorporates up-to-date, comprehensive techniques and methodologies that have proved to be inspiring and empowering.

    Alumni

    Manoj Bajpayee, Shahrukh Khan, Freida Pinto, Varun Dhawan, Rana Daggubati, Richa Chadda, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mira Nair, Divya Seth, Kunal Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Harshvardhan Rane, Mudit Nayar & many more.

    Courses

    The courses teach- Certificate in Acting( 3 months), Diploma in Film Acting( 4 months & 6 months), Weekend Filmmaking, Young Actors Club.

    Admission

    Firstly, submit the online Admission Form. Course fees are noted on the Admission Form page. After this, they will call and/or email you to confirm payment options. They will send you the account information when they confirm your seat if you wish to make a deposit or transfer to their account for the Certificate or Diploma in Film Acting Courses.

    For the rest of the details, you can check their website through here.

     3. Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares – Mumbai

    Their task at the school is threefold – identifying, training and grooming raw talent into a breed of disciplined actors. Students study with the most modern methods & techniques. Training is imparted by qualified teachers from India. Students also receive personal attention and care from Anupam Kher himself.

    Some of the guest speakers are Preity Zinta, Anil Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Om Puri, Imtiaz Ali, Ranbir Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Mahesh Bhatt, Boman Irani, Dimple Kapadia and many more.

    Alumni

    Prachi Desai, Preity Zinta, Kiara Advani, Manish Paul, Varun Dhawan, Ali Zafar, Karanvir Sharma, Karan Sharma, Mukti Mohan, Neeti Mohan, Yuvika Choudhary, Mohit Dutta, Esha Gupta, Zarine Khan, Deepika Padukone, Ashish Sharma & many more.

    Courses

    The Courses teach- Acting, Writing, Professional Modelling, Full-time Diploma course (3 months), Part-time Certificate course (1 month),  Weekend Acting Programme ( 4 months), Weekend Workshop (1 month), Children Workshop

    There are so many programs offered also.

    Admission 

    The applicant should be over 15 years of age and must hold a Higher secondary school certificate. There is no entrance exam to join the course but they should pass the audition and interview. Student should be proficient in written or speak Hindi/English.

    For the rest of the details, you can check their website through here.

    4. Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune

    FTII was established in the year 1960 and was formerly known as the ‘Film Institute of India’. Became the ‘Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in 1971, An Autonomous Society under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, run by a Governing Council and its appointed Director. It is highly recognized as a center for excellence in audio-visual media across the world.

    Alumni

    Jaya Bachchan, Danny Denzongpa, David Dhawan, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi, Rajkumar Hirani, Mithun Chakraborty, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Rajkumar Rao, Shatrughan Sinha.

    Courses

    The courses teach- Screen Acting, Direction & Screenplay Writing. These courses are held on-campus in Pune as well as off-campus at across centers.

    There are so many programs offered also.

    Admission

    The admission process consists of the national test and subsequent rounds of Orientation / Interview. On the basis of the test, the list of candidates shortlisted for the next level of selection. It will send a  letter for interviews with the shortlisted candidates. Shortlisting may be varied for different courses. They also have scholarships for different courses & they have varied fee structure for different courses. Gym, Sports, Swimming, Hostel Facilities & Video Library are also provided there.

    For the rest of the details, you can check their website through here.

    Top Acting Schools of India 

    5. National School Of Drama – Delhi

    In 1959, it was started by Sangeet Natak Akademi. It became an independent organization under the Government of India( Ministry of Culture) in 1975. Training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a comprehensive, planned syllabus that covers every aspect of theatre. Students presents plays which are then performed before the public. The organized study applied to perform experience of traditional Indian theatre forms, Modern Indian drama, Asian drama, Sanskrit drama, and western dramatic protocols.Therefore gives the students a solid grooming and a wide interpretation in the art of theatre.

    Alumni

    Irfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Piyush Mishra, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Pankaj Kapur, Ashutosh Rana, Satish Kaushik, Raj Babbar, Ratna Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi, Himani Shivpuri, Sanjay Mishra, Neena Gupta, M K Raina, Yashpal Sharma, Surekha Sikri, Adil Hussain, Annu Kapoor & many more.

    Courses

    The courses teach-  3-year Diploma course in Dramatic Arts ( Acting, Design, Direction ), Modern Indian Drama, Voice & Speech, Movement, Theatre Music, World Drama, Acting and Improvisation, Yoga, Theatre Architecture, Scenic Design & Stage, Technology, Costume Design, Production Process, Classical Indian Drama & Aesthetics, Appreciation Courses, and Workshops.

    Admission

    The candidate should be 18– 30 years old and hold a bachelor’s degree. First of all, student should be participated in at least 6 theatre productions house and also has a working knowledge of Hindi/English. There is a total of 26 seats are available(out of which 13 are for general category) and the selection process involves a committee which will test the talent of the candidates. Therefore, the selection is a two-phase process. If the student appears for a preliminary examination and if got selected then has to appear for a final workshop. The selected candidates are also given stipend during the course period.

    For the rest of the details, you can check their website through h

    6. Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute – Kolkata

    SRFTI is an autonomous institution established in 1995, funded by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The institution is a member of the International Liaison Centre of Schools of Cinema and Television (CILECT). The institution has facilities for aspiring theatre artists, nurturing them into actors for the future. It has succeeded in communicates classical and contemporary theories for creative minds into the world of professional practice.

    Alumni

    Vipin Vijay, Anjalika Sharma, Amal Neerad, Sagar Ballary, Tridib Poddar, Sakyadeb Chowdhury, Siddarth Diwan, K.Appala Swamy, Anil Pingua, Subhadeep Sengupta, Tapas Nayak, Partha Barman, Sanjay Chaturvedi, Tuhinabha Majumdar, Saikat S. Ray, Sankhajit Biswas, Atanu Mukherjee, Tinni Mitra & many more.

    Courses

    The Courses teach-3 years Postgraduate Programme in Cinema, 2 years Postgraduate Programme in Electronic & Digital Media.

    There are so many programs offered also.

    Admission

    The admission process consists of the national test and subsequent rounds of Orientation / Interview. On the basis of the test, the list of candidates shortlisted for the next level of selection. It will send  a letter for interviews with the shortlisted candidates. Different courses have different procedure for shortlisting.

    For the rest of the details, you can check their website through here.

    7. Asian Academy of Film and Television –  Noida, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi

    AAFT was established in 1993, It was sponsored by the Asian Society of Film & Television and became the first ever media school. It approves as an international level training center by the City & Guilds, The UK in 2002. Affiliated to International Film & Television Club. It has a vision to produce leaders of the highest cognitive and ethical excellence & also delivers high-quality technical education in unfolding areas of creative arts.

    Alumni

    Arjun Kapoor, Hasleen Kaur, Neha Chauhan, Mohit Marwah & many more.

    Courses

    The Courses teach- Bachelor Degree Courses(3 Years), B.Sc(Cinema) Diploma in Acting, Master Degree Courses (2 Years), M.Sc(Cinema) PG Diploma in Acting, Diploma Courses( 1 Year), Diploma in Acting for Film and TV, Short Term Courses(3 Months), Acting & Presentation

    There are so many programs offered also.

    Admission

    After filing the admission form, the student has to clear the Written/Online test & Interview round for selection in the program. The result will be declared, then with the help of the admission letter, the student has to pay fees & submit the documents needed.

    For the rest of the details, you can check their website through here.

    8. Whistling Woods International – Mumbai

    WWI was established in 2006 by filmmaker Subhash Ghai. It is an institute for film, fashion, and communication. Successfully expand into fields like media & entertainment, animation, communication, and fashion also.

    Some of the recognition received by film school are:

    WWI is an invited partner for International campuses in The United Kingdom & Nigeria on invitation from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. Sony set up a Global Centre of Excellence in association with WWI Associations with technology partners ensures that the students receive training on the latest equipment and technology. WWI was accepted as a full member of the prestigious CILECT (Centre International de Liaison des Ecoles de Cinema et de Television).

    Courses

    The courses teach- BA in Acting (3 Years), Advanced Diploma in Acting (2 Years), There are so many programs offered also.

    Admission

    The students have to submit a prospectus. After that, all the formalities will be completed.

    For the rest of the details, you can check their website through here.

    Conclusion

    It does not mean that these 8 are the best acting schools. Some other acting schools are also there to help, guide you as an actor. These are Institute Of Creative Excellence – Mumbai, Zee Institute of Media and Arts – Mumbai, Center For Research In Art Of Film And Television -Delhi, Mindscreen Film Institute- Chennai, Roshan Taneja School Of Acting- Mumbai, National Institute of Film and Fine Arts- Kolkata.

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