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An Open Letter To Erica Fernandes

February 12, 2014 02:07:41 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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Dear Erica

Four releases last week and you stood out from among the many performers. You were a pleasant surprise in BABLOO HAPPY HAI. You made the best of the role given to you.

You stood out because you had poise and attitude. Poise to convey a very important message without being overburdened by the enormity of your situation, and attitude not to buckle under the weight of what happened to your character on the highway. It could have been anyone. Your life plummeted, you stood your ground!

You stood out because you enacted the role of a wild child with gay abandon; just what was needed to make the character of Natasha real. You also stood out because you have that rare charm in your eyes that arrest immediate attention.

Yes, you also stood out because your dialogue delivery was natural. And that, for someone making her Bollywood debut is a huge plus. It gave me the feeling that you, perhaps, had a theatre background. But when I found out a little more about you and learnt that you did no theatre and this is all natural talent, I was even more impressed.

Congratulations on a heartfelt performance.

To top it, you stood out from amongst all the four releases of the week (YA RAB, HEARTLESS and HASEE TOH PHASEE). Now, I am not comparing you with Parineeti Chopra here. That girl is talent personified. However, she is getting stuck in a rut for lack of creative writing. But that is another story.

Newcomers performing with the ease of a seasoned pro are few and far between. Recently, we had Sree Swara Dubey in D-DAY and Vaani Kapoor in SHUDHH DESI ROMANCE. We also had Sonam Kapoor a few years ago, charming all in SAAWARIYA and topping it with a power performance in RAANJHANAA. We also saw Vidyut Jamwal's negative debut with a positive impact in FORCE.

It's heartening to see new talent given an opportunity making the best of it. More so, when that talent is not from within the industry. Star children will get many chances, but for newcomers with no 'backing', making the most of that one break is important.

I am looking forward to seeing more of you, Shriswara, Vaani and Vidyut on screen. Like I mentioned to Shriswara, the real test for you will begin now... getting roles. How does one go about it, no one knows. There is no fixed formula in Bollywood to get a role. It all goes about by word-of-mouth and recommendation and belonging to camps.

I'm sure you will not have to belong to any camp to get a role. There are a lot many filmmakers out there looking for genuine actors.

You will get noticed.

God Bless You
Martin D'Souza
(This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be...)




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