These are the institutes you should join if acting is your true passion

If you want to try your luck in acting, you must polish your skills. Here are film schools in India which will help you realize your dream of becoming an actor.

Created On: Nov 2, 2017 12:42 IST
Modified On: Nov 3, 2017 11:27 IST
Best institutes in India for film studies
Best institutes in India for film studies

Movies become a big part of our lives right from childhood so it doesn't come as a surprise that a great number of people are attracted towards it as a career option. Having impersonated the movie stars all through our childhood, acting comes naturally to many of us. A lot of youngsters these days want to make a career in acting because of the glamour factor attached to it. If you are one of those people and seek fame, money and artistic satisfaction in life, acting might be a very good career option for you.

Like other talents, acting is mostly an inherent ability. However, also like other talents, it requires polishing under able guidance. In this article you can go through the list of the top 10 institutes where you can sharpen your skill as an actor. Take your pick on the basis of your skill-set and what you wish to achieve in the future. The list mentioned below is in no particular order.

1. Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune

FTII boasts of a rich legacy in quality Indian cinema and was established as 'Film Institute of India' in 1960 on the erstwhile Prabhat Studio premises at Pune. The Institute was renamed 'The Film and Television Institute of India' in 1971. The Television Wing of the institute was earlier located at the Mandi House in New Delhi but was shifted to Pune in the early seventies, bringing together the training in film and television under a common roof. FTII is commonly regarded as a center of excellence across the world and is a member of CILECT, an international association of film schools.


  • One Year PG Certificate in Feature Film Screenplay Writing (Film)
  • One Year PG Certificate in Direction (TV)
  • One Year PG Certificate in Electronic Cinematography (TV)
  • One Year PG Certificate in Video Editing (TV)
  • One Year PG Certificate in Sound Recording and TV Engineering (TV)
  • Two year PG diploma in acting
  • Two year PG diploma in art direction
  • Three Year Post Graduate Diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing
  • Three Year Post Graduate Diploma in Direction & Screenplay Writing\
  • Three Year Post Graduate Diploma in Sound Recording and Sound Design
  • Three Year Post Graduate Diploma in Editing

Famous Alumni:

  • Danny Denzongpa
  • Jaya Bachchan
  • John Abraham
  • Mithun Chakraborty
  • Mukesh Khanna
  • Naseeruddin Shah
  • Om Puri
  • Prakash Jha
  • Resul Pookutty
  • Sanjay Leela Bhansali
  • Satish Kaushik
  • Shabana Azmi
  • Shatrughan Sinha
  • Smita Patil
  • Vidhu Vinod Chopra

2. Barry John Acting Studio

Barry John Acting Studio (BJAS) operates under the non-profit association, Theatre in Education Trust  whose goals are to spread knowledge of and interest in theatrical and media arts through education. BJAS is also associated with Imago Media Company Pvt Ltd which has interests in film production through Barry John Films. The studio was initially launched in Noida and later a branch was opened in Mumbai as well.


  • Certificate in acting (weekend course)  
  • Diploma in film acting
  • Diploma courses in film arts
  • Customised film workshops
  • Young actors club (Theatre workshops for children)

Famous Alumni:

  • Shahrukh Khan
  • Manoj Bajpai
  • Samir Soni
  • Shiney Ahuja
  • Freida Pinto
  • Jacqueline Fernandez
  • Richa Chadda
  • Varun Dhawan
  • Arjun Kapoor
  • Mira Nair
  • Rana Daggubati
  • Sushant Singh Rajput

3. The National School of Drama (NSD)

The National School of Drama (NSD) is based in country's capital New Delhi and is one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world. It was set up by the Sangeet Natak Akademi as one of its constituent units in 1959. Training in the School is highly intensive and is based on a thorough, comprehensive, carefully planned syllabus which covers every aspect of theatre and in which theory is related to practice. As a part of their training, students are required to produce plays which are then performed before the public.


NSD offers diploma in dramatic arts along with the below mentioned spheres-

  • Modern Indian drama   
  • Classical Indian drama
  • World drama
  • Voice & speech
  • Yoga
  • Theatre music
  • Mime and movement
  • Modern Indian drama   
  • Classical Indian drama
  • World drama
  • Voice & speech
  • Yoga
  • Theatre music
  • Mime and movement

Famous alumni:

  • Naseeruddin Shah
  • Om Puri
  • Anupam Kher
  • Piyush Mishra
  • Irrfan Khan
  • Neena Gupta
  • Seema Biswas
  • Raghubir Yadav
  • Pankaj Kapoor
  • Raj Babbar
  • Ashutosh Rana

4. Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares

Based in Mumbai, this institute was founded by actor Anupam Kher. ACTOR PREPARES is India's finest acting school for talented individuals who wish to pursue careers as actors and writers in the entertainment industry. Established in 2005 by Anupam Kher, it is the only school for actors and writers in the world to be founded by an actor-director who is professionally active.


  • 3 month Full time Diploma Course
  • 1 month Part time Certificate Course
  • Personalised Training programmes
  • Acting Workshops

Famous Alumni:

  • Abhishek Bachchan
  • Hrithik Roshan
  • Kunal Kapoor
  • Manish Paul
  • Deepika Padukone

5. Whistling Woods International

Whistling Woods International is a film, communication and media arts institute located in Mumbai, India. The institute is promoted by Indian Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, Mukta Arts Limited and Film City Mumbai. In July 2014, The Hollywood Reporter named Whistling Woods on its list of "The best film schools in the world". The school was first ranked among the top 10 film schools by The Hollywood Reporter in 2010.


  • BA in Screenwriting
  • BA in Acting
  • BSc/BA in Filmmaking with specialisations
  • Diploma in Screenwriting
  • BSc/BA in Animation Filmmaking
  • Advanced Diploma in Acting
  • Advanced Diploma in Filmmaking (with specialisations)

If you dream of being in front of the camera or be associated with filmmaking in any way, these are the film schools you should head towards for good guidance.

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