From a Doctor to a Professional Actor - Dheeman Sarkar

Students from Salaam Bombay Foundation’s (SBF) Academy of Arts got a lifetime opportunity to learn the craft of theatre and camera acting in a special workshop conducted by Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares, India’s premier acting institute. The special workshop took place on May 7 at the institutes’ premises in Andheri west, Mumbai, became a major hit.

From a Doctor to a Professional Actor - Dheeman Sarkar

Out of 25 students, three students have been selected for the scholarship by Actor Prepares. These selected students will get complete support from the acting school in terms of further training and guidance. Most of these students hail from humble background and yet have achieved a remarkable feat in the art of acting. The workshop is organised with a motive to teach them the finer aspects of the performing art, improve their skills and guide them on their path to pursue acting professionally.

Salaam Bombay Foundation started in 2002 to work with 12 to 17-year-old adolescent children growing up in Mumbai’s slums. These children live in extreme poverty and in “at risk” environments. The municipal schools they go to do not have the resources to give them individual attention, career guidance or access to activities that stimulate the mind. Many are undernourished and face the risk of substance abuse. They come from financially challenged homes and are pressured to drop out of secondary school and seek jobs to support their families. Given these ground realities, Salaam Bombay Foundation has harnessed the ability of child-friendly, innovative education tools to develop life skills and coping skills necessary to ensure that these adolescents develop into well rounded personalities, able to meet the challenges they face and take on leadership roles within their communities.

‘Our acting workshop for the youth of Salaam Bombay Foundation is in line with the vision of Actor Prepares’ founder and chairman Anupam Kher to empower underprivileged youth, with professional skill training to help them realise their dream of pursuing professional acting as a career, while helping boost their confidence and capability to follow this passion. Actor Prepares compliments Salaam Bombay Foundation on the wonderful work they do and looks forward to this collaboration.’ ~ Suveer Bhambhani, Acting Coach, Actor Prepares