What are the best acting schools in India?

Philip Seymour Hoffman said that to be an actor one should "Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money." Here are the top and best acting schools in India if you're truly passionate about acting as a craft.

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    #1National School of Drama

    National School of Drama

    The National School of Drama is based in Delhi as one of the oldest and finest training institutes in India and the world since it was established in 1959. NSD is well-known in the film industry for producing truly talented artists. 

    Places

    Free

    María Luisa Rivas
    Written on June 11, 2019
    "This is the school for theatre lovers. I remember that this all used to be just a dream for me and now that I'm admitted to NSD, its just surreal to be surrounded and motivated by people who are as passionate about acting as I am. Writing my own play and being in it already feels like such a big accomplishment. NSD FTW... BEST ACTING SCHOOL IN INDIA!!"
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    #2Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares

    Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares

    Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares is a renowned acting school for those who dream of becoming an actor and/or writer in the entertainment industry. Each student is guided and counselled by Anupam Kher himself and have classes taught by Bollywood celebs.

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    Free

    Danielle Stanley
    Written on June 11, 2019
    "I decided to go to this school since I grew up watching Anupam Kher's films. I believe that to be the best, you should be with the best. I appreciate and look forward to times I do get training to Anupam Kher himself... it's still a struggle not to be caught in awe every time lol"
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    #3Asian Academy of Film and Television

    Asian Academy of Film and Television

    Asian Academy of Film Television is the first ever media school in a private sector and has been recognized as one of the finest media institutes in South Asia. To date, AAFT has branches in Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, and Noida with graduates all over the globe.

    Places

    Free

    Lorenzo Martínez
    Written on June 11, 2019
    "I find this place to be very conducive to learning because of the faculty and curriculum. It also feels good to be in a school that is well connected. I got internships and projects when I was in second year so not only is it a great acting school in India but having the placement opportunities is such a big help. I just wish the campus was bigger."
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    #4Barry John Acting Studio

    Barry John Acting Studio

    Barry John Acting Studio was established in 1999 and founded by British born Indian director and teacher Barry John. With a long list of notable alumnis, BJAS is one of the premier acting schools in Mumbai and Delhi.

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    Free

    Alice Carlson
    Written on June 11, 2019
    "truly one of the best acting schools to be enrolled in India. Not only does it help you develop your craft but it also gives you some perspective about who you are personality wise. Challenging yet fulfilling experience."
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    #5Whistling Woods International

    Whistling Woods International

    Whistling Woods International sets the standard high as an institute for film, communication, and media arts. WWI has Bollywood actors conducting masterclasses plus links to international films schools worldwide. Students are aided with placement opportunities upon graduation.

    Places

    Free

    Peter McDonald
    Written on June 11, 2019
    "Lucky to be studying in this school and to be exposed to the talented speakers and actors. Learning has been a fun process cos it's always dynamic, there's just something new every day. Facilities are great and made even better with competent faculty. Wouldn't be surprised if WWI becomes the best acting school in the world."
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    #6Zee Institute of Media Arts

    Zee Institute of Media Arts

    Zee Institute of Media Arts is a media and art institute under Zee network where students can find placements in or be connected to affiliates. ZIMA offers state of the art facilities to hone your skills in acting and other aspects of filmmaking.

    Places

    Free

    Debra Morris
    Written on June 11, 2019
    "Definitely one of the finest acting schools in India with placements. You get exposed to seasoned veterans in the industry and really go deep into uncovering and establishing yourself as an actor. You don't have any reason not to excel since everything is almost provided to you."
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    #7Institute of Creative Excellence

    Institute of Creative Excellence

    Launched in 2010 by Balaji Films, ICE provides world class educations for those who want to be in the media and entertainment industry. Moreover, ICE provides students with placement opportunities through their network connections.

    Places

    Free

    Pamela Rios
    Written on June 11, 2019
    "I love that the environment has a creative and welcoming vibe attached to it. Being a student here has been a grounding experience since you constantly challenge yourself to do well in all aspects concerned with the industry. It instilled in me the understanding that everything is connected. "
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    #8Film and Television Institute of India

    Film and Television Institute of India

    Film and Television Institute of India was founded in 1960 in the city of Pune. A member of the International Liason Centre of Schools of Cinema and Television, FTTI boasts of a rich legacy in Indian cinema as notable Bollywood stars graduated here. 

    Places

    Free

    Scott Richards
    Written on June 11, 2019
    "Pune is such a good location to go to school in since you're with people who are in it with you. That was one of my main consideration when I chose to go to FTTI. Good enough acting school that celebrates the roots of Indian Cinema plus reasonable fees."

Summary

Best What are the best acting schools in India
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1National School of Drama Places 18 Free
2Anupam Kher's Actor PreparesPlaces 14 Free
3Asian Academy of Film and TelevisionPlaces 8 Free
4Barry John Acting StudioPlaces 3 Free
5Whistling Woods InternationalPlaces 3 Free
6Zee Institute of Media ArtsPlaces 2 Free
7Institute of Creative ExcellencePlaces 2 Free
8Film and Television Institute of IndiaPlaces 1 Free
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