Why do we give so much importance to the actors?During my younger days, my parents tried to make me a 'complete man'. So, even with limited resources, they forced me to attend various short-term courses. Not for job prospect, but for overall development.
Although I personally notice no such development in me, even then I remember some of the information/knowledge acquired from these courses. I attended a course on film-making while doing Post-Graduation. In that course, I learnt that the main person of a film is the director. He/She controls everything. He/She looks after the minutest details. The directors plans the set, sequence, shooting schedule, actor selection, dress, positioning of camera, editing, site-selection, dress, music, shooting sequence, everthing. Story-writing is another important area. Without a story, nothing materialises in a film. Camera and positioning of camera are very important aspects-so is editing.
The actors' roles come at the last stage. Very few actors can contribute to the overall quality of the film (example: Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Nana Patekar). They are outstanding actors. They can give something extra beyond the expectations of the director. A good actor is one who can blindly follow the director-no extra contribution is needed.
Now one or two words on songs. The greatest directors of the world state that most of the time film-songs cause hindrances to the films. These songs ( please note that I am not talking about background music) slow down a film. But in India, film-songs are second most important factor of a film.
I don't want to prolong my argument. Despite the fact that the actors don't play very important role in a film, why do we give so much importance to them compared to cameraman, eitor and finally director? Why do we think actors are so important?
These thoughts come to my mind while listening to/reading various news/information of a recently deceased actor of Mumbai film industry. With all due respect to the deceased soul, this 'handsome hero' of yester-years can never be considered as a top-level artist ( purely on his acting prowess) during his best days; even then he is the centre of discussion after his death.