Casting director Mukesh Chhabra has been part of some of the year's biggest projects including the mega-blockbuster, Kabir Singh. The casting director says he does not believe in nepotism. "I always believe that if a role suits a certain actor and he is talented enough to do justice to it, he will only get it." He highlights examples like Swara Bhaskar, Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao who have made it without any Godfather. "See, one needs passion. Today, everyone can be a star if they have the talent, there are so many avenues. You can be an actor on any platform. If you have the talent, you'll get work. We are all outsiders. Those who are talented and hard-working will surely get work."
The casting director is quick to add that he does not discourage any aspirant. "I always motivate them and give honest feedback. I tell them to keep growing, learn theatre. I have never rejected someone because you never know, a person might have the talent which can shine later. Everyone has something. The same person might become a star once Lady Luck is kind to him. I tell people that they need to work harder," he says.
When we asked if his actor friends share their insecurities with him, he said, "People do share insecurities. In this profession, security and insecurity work hand-in-hand. That is the greatest thing that differentiates it from other jobs. I also share my worries and over time you build relations with people. I feel humbled when I see them sharing their insecurities with me. I respect that they find me capable enough for it." Another drawback of the profession is that some people just pretend to be good friends in order to get work. So, how do you differentiate? "It is tough to differentiate, at times, if people like you or your work. It is one of the drawbacks of the job. At times, you understand that people have come with agendas. It is upto you to choose the genuine people," he says.
Mukesh Chhabra says he feels very much a part of the industry. "I am friends with those I knew from the time I started out. All of us have made it and we're friends. We do not think about our backgrounds. People like Farah Khan and Kriti Sanon, I meet them like a brother. We talk about life in general."
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