- Visit any public place such as a shopping mall or a railway station, frequented by a lot of people with obviously different types of body languages and facial expressions. With such a variety of expressions and body languages to choose from, you can select anything that takes your fancy. For instance, there might be some people who walk as if they don’t have a single care in the world, and some who juggle everything right from their food, cell phone, shopping bags, and children as they walk. Some people might have mobile faces (expressions changing often) while others may have the same expression on their face even when making long conversations. Observe how different people use their hands while talking. Carry a small notepad with you to jot down your notes. Then, in the privacy of your home, duplicate the observed movements yourself. Just duplicating isn’t enough. Try to do justice to your character by being like them. You must use your imagination and ask yourself why they behaved the way they did.
- Imagine a situation where you have to play the character of a shopkeeper (baniya) or a vegetable vendor. To help your performance, observe and study the behavior of some local shopkeepers or vegetable vendors. Make notes on their typical behavioral pattern of interaction with customers. This will give you an exact idea of how this observation technique works.
- Listening carefully to vocal patterns is also very important if you want to learn to modulate your voice effectively. You can begin by listening to some actor you really admire. Watch movies of this actor and listen to their rendition of dialogues, or watch the films that focus on the accents of the characters in the movie. Then, try imitating these different voice patterns. Slowly, build your own database of vocal patterns of different individuals. When rehearsing for the first few times you will probably be more comfortable doing this in private. Do get someone like a friend to listen to you and watch you, once you’ve practiced a few times by yourself.
- Watch as many individuals as you can and closely observe their various emotions. Carry out this exercise in a public place where you can watch people without being noticed. Just to tease your brain here – what kind of observer role are you playing when you watch people without participating and without their knowing that you are observing them? Watch the various emotions of people arguing or laughing. Observe the way their bodies move when they laugh or argue. By observing the effects of emotion on the outward appearance of a person, you understand ‘movement’, something you have already learnt.