Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Become a background artist

Just for fun or to make a little extra cash...

Walk or stand in the background to give the impression that the movie is shot in a foreign location. Besides having fun, you will receive free food and a daily allowance (Approx. Rs1000/day for Telugu movies).


I spent five days in Hyderabad and made an appearance in two Telugu movies: Annavaram and Khatarnak. To see my moment of fame, watch the song Vestaavaa on YouTube.

Honestly, the process is quite slow as each scene is shot dozens of times until all participants (i.e. hero/heroine, villain, dancers and background artists) perform in sync. The fun part is actually behind the scene. We were only two foreigners on the set of Khatarnak and the shooting was taking place in a totally rural area. When we ventured in the small village, we were followed by a group of 40-50 kids trying to shake hands and asking for autographs. A young teenager even proposed to be our bodyguard!

On Sunday night, as my boy had to go back to Bangalore, I went out with three of his friends. After a night of dancing, I was elected "couple of the week" with one of them. The result: our picture in the newspapers!


Anonymous said...

It's awesome that (depending on the editing) you'll be able to show yourself to your friends and family on the big screen!

Indiafreak said...

4 days of "hard work" for less than 2 seconds of screen time in the movie Annavaram. Khatarnak was much more rewarding with 3 seconds of fame for a single day of shooting!

But great fun to watch!