Many millions of young men and women travel thousands of miles to the glamorous world of Bollywood, eager to make it in the film industry. A few are successful, but most find disappointment and leave their dream behind to pursue something else.
So what is it that makes the successful ones so different?
There are 5 things you must have if you want to be successful in Bollywood:
Bollywood is one place where money talks, proudly! If you have the cash you can be anything you want (actor, director, producer, writer, etc.). A few Crores is all you need to get your first film on the floors, the distributors are so desperate they’ll release anything. The story is not important.
Since most people who arrive in Mumbai are not loaded, it is extremely helpful to have connections in Bollywood. If you don’t, well it’s not the end of the world; it just means your journey will be more difficult.
If you have connections use them wisely, if you’re striving to be an actor, settle for small parts, they’ll lead to bigger ones. If you want to be a technician work in any and everything it doesn’t matter how bad a film is at least you’re getting your name out there which will generate more work for you.
For those who have no connections, well the first thing is to get connected. The best way to go about this is to meet people. Make connections with media people, producers, distributors, anyone involved in films, no matter how small, do odd jobs to get your foot in the door. Once the foot is in the door, make every effort to get noticed.
Luck! Luck! Luck!
The most important ingredient you need to be successful in Bollywood is not talent but luck it is so important that it occupies the top 3 spots of the 5 things you need to be successful. Being in the right place at the right time is very important, as is the ability to convince film people that you’re worth the risk. And if your luck stands and your film is a potential money maker, no matter how little the profit, you will find you have a permanent place in the glamorous world of Bollywood.
Singh is Kinng and Welcome are two of the most successful films in recent years, both are horrible films (and both are lifted from Hollywood films), but they did tremendous business at the box office, why? The answer to this question is... You guessed it: Luck! Luck! Luck!