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'Watch movies and learn about the subject; articulate; it's always an individual journey'

Watch movies and learn about the subject; articulate; its always an individual journey

Kolkata: American model-turned-actress Andie MacDowell shared her acting tips for aspiring actors as she interacted with movie-lovers during the ongoing 25th Kolkata International Film Festival at Nandan on Saturday.

"Watch movies and learn about the subject. I would say studying is always a very important part. Articulate about the subject. It doesn't matter if you are going to be a politician or wish to pursue fashion business. It's always an individual journey," said Andie, who received critical acclaim for her role in Steven Soderbergh's 1989 film Sex, Lies and Videotape.

While the movie won her the Independent Spirit Award as Best Female Lead, it also saw her being nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama category.

"My 30s were awesome. I took classes. Portraying as an actor is difficult. You have to go to the right place after you enter the room," pointed the 61-year-old, who made her screen debut in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984), during her Master Class for cinephiles at Nandan.

Referring to Indian cinema, she said: "I have been very fortunate to attend the 25th Kolkata International Film Festival. I always wanted to come to India. I feel like I have a personal connection with this country. I am touched by Satyajit Ray's movies."

Andie, who is in town for the ongoing 25th Kolkata International Film Festival, was also present at the inauguration ceremony held at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Friday.

While Shah Rukh Khan inaugurated the film festival, Rakhee Gulzar, Mahesh Bhatt, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were also present on the occasion.

During the eight-day festival, 56 foreign film personalities from 24 countries and 60 film personalities from India will be participating as filmmakers and speakers on various important sections (competition and non-competition).

At least 214 feature films and 152 short and documentary films (shortlisted from 2,492 entries) from 76 countries will be screened at 17 venues throughout Kolkata.

Shaheryar Hossain

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