By Faz Zia
I had a great talk with a celebrity acting coach Saurabh Sachdeva and he talked about his career and struggles, primarily he wanted to become an actor but as fate would have it, he became an acting teacher. When Barry John handpicked him as the trainer for his institute, he wasn’t sure about taking up the opportunity. But then his actress friend Shalini Vatsa convinced him to accept the position. She told him ‘if Barry has chosen you, then you’re meant for that’, so he said yes. Since then, Saurabh has trained a couple of A-listers in the industry including Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Richa Chadha, Freida Pinto, Jacqueline Fernandez and Harshvardhan Rane, to name a few.
Interestingly, Saurabh never wanted to join Barry John’s institute as he intended to be a student of Marwah Acting School in Delhi. Barry’s happened to him when one of his writer friends from Lucknow forced him to apply, “I would say it was all destined, I did not have money to pay for the classes but my friends paid for it,” rues the coach.
Talking about his journey, Saurabh recalls his failure in school and his export business that forced him to take up something that would let him express himself. He landed at Barry John’s acting institute in Delhi in 2001 and within one year, he was asked to coach the newcomers at the institute.
Things changed for Saurabh once he donned the teacher’s cap and completely dedicated himself to training and rehearsals. “I was never off from the classes, I wanted to understand the qualities of the students,” says Saurabh proudly. It was in 2005 when Saurabh came to Mumbai with the dream of becoming an actor. However, just like another struggler, the path wasn’t easy and work was difficult to find. “I wasn’t struggling for money but was not getting work either,” says Saurabh. Oblivious to the next step, Saurabh rang up Barry. “I was after his life and eventually my journey as a coach in Mumbai started again,” he adds.
Though Saurabh has been training stars and students who can afford to shell out money on acting lessons, his biggest achievement remains that of training a slum student from Oshiwara whose performance in a short film Bits and Pieces with co-actors like Rahul Bose, Nandita Das and Dia Mirza was appreciated in Academy Awards.
In 2017, Saurabh founded his own theatre, education and training institute the Actors Truth in Mumbai when Barry John finally decided to shift his base to Dharamshala. “This came out of the urge to do something of my own,” he says.
Nawazuddin is clear and honest with his thoughts as a performer,” says Manmarziya actor Saurabh Sachdeva. Hewas last seen in Manmarziya now will be seen in Sacred games 2.
On talking about his role, “I can’t reveal much. But audience will understand more about isa and see the depth of the character. I have no idea how will my character come up .They will see new accept of the character which will surprise them.”
About his experience on working for sacred games 2,”I loved working with Nawazuddin bhai. He is so clear and honest with his thoughts as a performer. Very relax and powerful without dominating the co actor which gave lot of confidence to me as his co actor. He is very humble off screen also. With Anurag kashyap as director, love his energy he give lot of space to actor if they know there craft. He is like a friend to me. He is very spontaneous.”
Also he is playing an antagonist in Gwalior which stars Neena Gupta and sanjay mishra. Further his upcoming projects are houseful 4, Laal kaptaan.