December 3, 2022

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Vidur Chaturvedi - Indian Film Acting Guru

Vidur Chaturvedi – Guru of Indian Film Acting World

30 Years of VIDUR & His Acting Training Theory “The Process”

Vidur started his acting training career in 1990. In 2019 he completes 30 years as an Acting Trainer / Language Coach / Voice Trainer / Elocution Coach. It has been a long, satisfying and fruitful journey, full of dazzling accomplishments and shining achievements. Vidur is also pioneer of ” Script Based Acting Workshops ” in India . He started this trend in 2000 with Aditya Chopra directed , ‘Yash Raj Films’ “Mohabbatein”
In all these 30 years , Vidur worked with some actors as their ” Private / Personal Coach “ and trained some other actors as ” Freelance Trainer “ while working in many Acting Institutes of Mumbai, Pune, Nashik & Bengaluru.

Indian film industry actors trained by Mr. Vidur.

His 30 – year – long journey can be summed in two parts ;

1990 to 2012 : ” Private / Personal Coach ” and ” Freelance Trainer “.
2012 till Date : ” VIDUR ACTING INSTITUTE ” and Enunciation of ” The Process “.
From 1990 to 2012, his journey was a saga of evolution and unending search of himself as an acting trainer. Much happened during the 22 – year – long journey. 22 years withered the basic form. Institute got metamorphosed and nomenclature changed. Associates got disassociated. Partners parted ways. Colleagues drifted to tread a new path. Course altered as per changing times.

Everything was refashioned and re calibrated in appearance, form, substance and character. This was the journey which willingly deviated from the norm and knowingly detoured from the beaten track. Everything was modified and embellished without changing the identity. And today, 30 years later, that identity is known as Vidur – The Acting Trainer.
His quest led him to every conceivable Acting Guru. From Bharat Muni to Stanislavsky, from Lee Strasberg to Stella Adler, from Jerzy Grotowski to Sanford Meisner, and from Harold Guskin to Viola Spolin, he culled and accumulated myriad things from everyone.

Vidur Chaturvedi with Dev Anand.

Students of cinema know about Constantin Stanislavsky and ” The System ” [ प्रणाली ]. They also know about Lee Strasberg and ” The Method ” [ पद्धति ]. But according to Vidur ” The System “ and ” The Method “, both are incomplete.

If you want to create something, you have to have a system in place.

It could be a mere sketch on a piece of paper or a hazy, obfuscated outline in the dark corner of your mind. After establishing or inventing ” The System “, you have to have a certain method in place to create your desired thing. But how would you follow ” The Method ” ? There has to be a process. Unless and until you follow the right process, you won’t be able to create anything.
Therefore ” The Process ” [ प्रक्रिया ] of Vidur completes and complements the two earlier theories, ” The System “ of Stanislavsky and ” The Method “ of Lee Strasberg. ” The Process “, along with western theories of acting training , incorporates centuries old theories of Bharat Muni’s ” Natya Shastra “. Thus ” The Process ” comes out as a complete acting course heralding oriental and occidental values and traditions. It is modern and western in approach and traditional and Indian in values.

Vidur Chaturvedi with Mahesh Bhatt
Vidur Chaturvedi with Mahesh Bhatt.

In 2012, after 22 years of constant evolution and incessant quest for excellence as Private / Personal Coach and Freelance Trainer, Vidur thought to incorporate his theory ” The Process ” [ प्रक्रिया ] in his training. With this aim he established Vidur Acting Institute in Mumbai on September 21, 2012.

Mr. Chaturvedi said, “Competition is definitely there in this field but it is worthless to do a job without competition.”

When TPT asked about what kind of advise he may give to his younger self, so he said, “To be more understanding, to be more accommodating and to be more patient.”
He has no other world of him apart from training, but given a chance, he is interested in politics and strive to be a better citizen and a better human being.

Vidur Chaturvedi with Rohit Shetty
Vidur Chaturvedi with Rohit Shetty.

While talking about his most courageous thing he did, he said, “In 1989 , I decided to move to Mumbai. Without any God-Father, any knowledge of film world, I started my life in this city.”
A trainer will fail to do his job, if he is not connected or can’t connect with people and if he is a poor listener, he won’t be able to accomplish great success.

I am lucky that I am a good listener and can connect even with strangers very easily.

Vidur’s Most Important Work as a Acting Trainer

Vidur is the first Acting Trainer in Hindi Film Industry, who started trend of “WORKSHOPS FOR FILMS AS PER THE SCRIPT”. In 2000 he was called by Mr. Aditya Chopra and Yash Raj Films to train 6 new – comers of “Mohabbatein”. Thus he started a new trend, which has now become a norm.

Vidur's work with top notch banner in Indian Film Industry
Vidur’s work with top notch banner in Indian Film Industry.

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